• The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS®) and how it can be integrated into strength and conditioning programs of all levels.
  • We utilized current literature and previous FMS ® field experience to develop and recommend approaches for implementing FMS® protocols into strength and conditioning programs.
  • Description of FMS® Movements: The FMS® is a comprehensive biomechanical efficiency screen which is comprised of seven movements that have been deemed fundamental to athletic performance (7). Those movements include the; deep squat, hurdle step, in-line lunge, shoulder mobility, active straight-leg raise, trunk stability push-up, and rotary stability.
  • Process of Integrating FMS® into a Strength and Conditioning Program: FMS® should be integrated at the beginning of an athletic season, approximately 1/3 of the way through the season, and immediately after the season concludes. These assessment periods provide the strength staff with several opportunities to observe changes in functional capacity over the course of a season.
  • Next Steps following Integration of the FMS® into a Strength and Conditioning Program: After the integration of the FMS®, interpreting and disseminating the results are integral for developing a specific exercise regimen of all ages, ability, and movement capacity.
  • Key Words: Periodization, speed, power, agility, flexibility, program design