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"The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition." - Thomas Edison

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is the product of an exercise philosophy known as the Functional Movement System. This exercise philosophy and corresponding set of resources is based on sound science, years of innovation, and current research. It is a great system to follow for anyone considering heavy weight training or any other type of athletic activity that could possibly cause injuries.

The FMS simplifies the concept of movement and its impact on the body and thus reducing injuries and/or prevents them before they even occur. Its streamlined system has benefits for everyone involved. The system is composed of five core concerns which are:

1.) Communication - The FMS utilizes simple language, making it easy for individuals, exercise professionals, and physicians to communicate clearly about progress and treatment.

2.) Evaluation - The screen effortlessly identifies asymmetries and limitations, diminishing the need for extensive testing and analysis.

3.) Standardization - The FMS creates a functional baseline to mark progress and provides a means to measure performance.

4.) 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.

5.) 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.

It is a scientifically proven fact that the heavier the weight you lift, the more likely you are to get injured. Injury prevention systems such as the FMS should be incorporated into everyone who trains routine. One of my personal favorite FMS instructors is Gary Cook. His website http://graycookmovement.com/ is a great resource for anyone interested in the FMS or injury prevention and offers priceless information and videos. I myself have suffered from several injuries while growing up and playing several sports year round. After partaking in a FMS and following the corresponding corrective exercises, I can safely say the number of injuries that have occurred since has been little to none. This stuff flat out works.


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