FMS vs SFMA

FMS

The FMS captures fundamental movements, motor control within movement patterns, and competence of basic movements uncomplicated by specific skills. It will determine the greatest areas of movement deficiency, demonstrate limitations or asymmetries, and eventually correlate these with an outcome. Once you find the greatest asymmetry or deficiency, you can use measurements that are more precise if needed.

FMS Hurdle Step

FMS Hurdle Step

The FMS is comprised of seven movement tests that require a balance of mobility and stability. The patterns used provide observable performance of basic, manipulative and stabilizing movements by placing clients in positions where weaknesses, imbalances, asymmetries and limitations become noticeable by a trained health and fitness professional.

Unlike the SFMA, the FMS does not have a formal breakout or built-in movement reduction for each pattern because it is not a diagnostic system. Its role is to impose minimum standards on movement patterns in active populations. Attempting isolated diagnosis would create an extra step without offering greater corrective solutions, and could even offer fewer options in some cases. In the FMS, there’s no need to identify anything other than a limited or asymmetrical pattern.

The FMS targets professionals who work with movement as it relates to exercise, recreation, fitness and athletics. It also has applications for the military, fire service, public safety, industries and other highly active occupations.

The FMS is not intended for those displaying pain in basic movement patterns. Painful movement is covered in the SFMA. The FMS is for healthy, active people and for healthy and inactive people who want to increase physical activity. The following professionals will benefit greatly from using the FMS.

  • Recreational Activity Instructors
  • Tennis and Golf Professionals
  • Outdoor Activity Instructors
  • Sports and Conditioning Coaches
  • Physical Educators
  • Health and Safety Instructors
  • Dance Instructors
  • Yoga Instructors
  • Pilates Instructors
  • Personal Trainers
  • Massage Therapists
  • Strength Coaches
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Chiropractic Physicians
  • Medical Physicians

SFMA

We begin the SFMA with seven top-tier assessments. These tests are used to determine the breakouts we use to separate pain and dysfunction when possible, and will help identify movement patterns where exercise is indicated or contraindicated.

The SFMA navigates the musculoskeletal assessment when pain is present. It is helpful during the initial patient examination, although some acute problems make it impractical at the outset. Outside of exposing dysfunctional regions that may complicate the examination process, the SFMA offers a unique perspective for corrective exercise in a clinical setting.

SFMA Backward Bend

SFMA Backward Bend

The SFMA, targets professionals working with patients experiencing movement pain. We refined the SFMA to help the healthcare professional in musculoskeletal evaluation, diagnosis and treatment geared toward choosing the best possible rehabilitative and therapeutic exercises. The SFMA will enhance the work of the following licensed and certified medical and rehabilitation professionals.

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Chiropractic Physicians
  • Medical Physicians

Please visit Functional Movement Systems for more information on FMS/SFMA workshops. Note: You’ll get more from your upcoming workshop if you prepare yourself by reading Movement first if time allows.