Prevent Sports Injuries

How A Functional Movement Screen Can Help

Preventing sports injuries is key to being able to sustain consistent training, and therefore achieve optimal performance.

Here at Loughborough University our experienced Sports Physiotherapists can take you through a Functional Movement Screen (FMS), and provide advanced corrective exercises to help reduce or prevent injuries, and improve performance.

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a grading system that evaluates movement patterns and identifies movement limitations, muscle weaknesses, asymmetries and instability.

The FMS consists of seven fundamental movement tests that require strength, mobility and stability.

These tests place you in day-to-day functional positions where weaknesses and imbalances can become noticeable. It surprises many patients, even elite athletes when they are unable to perform these simple movements with good strength and control.

We often find that they have developed compensatory mechanisms instead of efficient movements, which can lead to compromised biomechanics and injury.

The FMS test generates a score that is used to highlight and target problems. This scoring system then indicates the most effective corrective exercises to restore normal movement patterns.

This test is ideal for anyone, because by identifying weaknesses we can then highlights areas that require improvement. We can monitor your FMS score to track your progress and identify corrective strategies that will be most effective to build up your strength and keep you performing at your best.

 Who can use the FMS?

  • Athletes wanting to improve functional performance and reduce risk of injury
  • Clients or patients who are wanting to increase their physical capacity
  • Clients or patients on discharge from treatment who are wanting return to their sport or activity
  • Sports teams wanting to improve athlete functional performance and reduce risk of injury rate and recurrence
  • Anyone looking to improve their movement capabilities in everyday life or activity.

 The screen cost is £99. This will involve approximately 60 minutes on a one-to-one basis, which includes the screening and your initial corrective exercise plan.

You will be instructed on your exercises as part of the screen.  After the screen  we will produce relevant documents to support the findings, together with your exercise programme. This can be sent to you electronically – or if you are able to wait can be produced after your screen.

 If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, you can contact the Loughborough Sport Physiotherapy Clinic reception directly on 01509 226240, or send us an enquiry using the form below.

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If you would like to find out more about the other services offered by the Loughborough Sports Physiotherapy Clinic, please contact reception on 01509 226240 or visit the clinic website.