The Dynamic Duo, Alan Barb DPT, OCS, and Reid Moseley DPT, CSCS, were at it again, but this time they briefed about eighty-seven of our nation’s future military officers in training, at UVA. The brief entitled The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a seven part “test”, of sorts, that helps physical therapists determine a body’s strengths and its weaknesses. Although the FMS was developed in southern Virginia for local high school and college athletes, the test has now garnered notoriety with the military and professional sports teams as well. And yes, since Move Better is an evidence based therapy clinic, they use this tool too in their evaluations.
To explain the various aspects of the screen, it seemed only fitting to select MIDSN Riley Mazariegos to demonstrate. Watching both Alan and Reid work through the FMS with Riley was both riveting and perplexing. Riveting in so much as we wanted Riley to succeed and perplexing in that we wanted to see what weakness looked like too. By the way, future officer + volunteer firefighter = near perfect score, but that is not the norm. People do have weaknesses that can be turned into strengths with the right PT! The screen runs the gauntlet of squatting, stepping, lunging, reaching, leg raising, push-up, and rotary stability. Each aspect of the screen can earn the participant three points with a maximum score of twenty-one. Both Alan and Reid fully explained each part of the screen and provided exercises that could be done, if a score was less than perfect.
After the brief, a plethora of questions ensued, which reinforced just how engaging and knowledgeable the Move Better team is. If you feel that you can benefit from a Functional Movement Screen to help keep you injury free, please reach out to movebettertherapy.com where you are always seen, at every visit, by a highly trained, doctoral level physical therapist.