Eric Kenyon and Gabe Cuppet are certified in the use of the FMS (Functional Movement Screen) method of movement testing and corrective exercise. This system was developed by Gray Cook, a physical therapist who develops methods of evaluation and treatment for the use of clinicians and athletic coaches. Developed in the 1990’s, the FMS is constantly updated and improved. The strength and conditioning staff and athletic training staff of every NFL team test each player on the FMS, in order to predict injury risk. Every player uses FMS corrective exercise daily since 2011 to reduce injury risk. Here is a synopsis from the FMS website:
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is the product of an exercise philosophy known as Functional Movement. This exercise philosophy and corresponding set of resources is based on sound science, years of innovation, and current research.
How it Works – Simplifying Movement
Put simply, the FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness.
The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.
Exercise professionals monitor the FMS score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.
What it Does – Widespread Benefits
The FMS simplifies the concept of movement and its impact on the body. Its streamlined system has benefits for everyone involved – individuals, exercise professionals, and physicians.
Communication – The FMS utilizes simple language, making it easy for individuals, exercise professionals, and physicians to communicate clearly about progress and treatment.
Evaluation – The screen effortlessly identifies asymmetries and limitations, diminishing the need for extensive testing and analysis.
Standardization – The FMS creates a functional baseline to mark progress and provides a means to measure performance.
Safety – The FMS quickly identifies dangerous movement patterns so that they can be addressed. It also indicates an individual’s readiness to perform exercise so that realistic goals can be set and achieved.
Corrective Strategies – The FMS can be applied at any fitness level, simplifying corrective strategies of a wide array of movement issues. It identifies specific exercises based on individual FMS scores to instantly create customized treatment plans.
“Exercise and rehabilitation time is valuable—too valuable not to use a system. Gray Cook’s Movement uses a systematic approach to exercise and rehabilitation built on the fundamentals of authentic human movement.”
– Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
“I use the Functional Movement Screen in my work with training professional football players, and you can use it for your work with hearty athletes, personal training clients and rehabilitation patients as well. It’s that versatile, that effective and that appealing… Everything we do at the Indianapolis Colts is built on a Functional Movement Screen base—it’s the foundation of our program.”
– Jon Torine, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Indianapolis Colts
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