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Performing and Scoring the FMS

Trunk Stability Push Up – Performing and Scoring the FMS

With our latest installment in the Performing and Scoring the Functional Movement Screen series, we bring you the Trunk Stability Push Up.  This screen is the most hated by our female clients, and by far the screen that we see the most 1’s.

Trunk Stability Push Up
Trunk Stability Push Up

This is more than just looking at a push up. There are some great set up cues, and details about scoring criteria that you want to check out in the video.

The trunk stability push up can sometimes be hard to correct.  It’s important to know, that if your trunk stability push up corrections are not working, it may be a good idea to re-visit some of the corrections for ASLR, SM, RS to make sure your client is ready to accept the trunk stability push up corrections.

Make sure your client has at least a solid 2 on the trunk stability push up before doing pushups from the ground, and more advanced push up variations.

Stay tuned next time when we show you how to perform and score the Hurdle Step Screen.

Rotary Stability Performing and Scoring the FMS

Our third video in the Performing and Scoring the FMS series we bring you the Rotary Stability. The rotary stability screen is one of the hardest movements to score a 3, and also one of the screens that is most commonly scored incorrectly.

This one isn’t as easy as the Active Straight Leg Raise Screen and Shoulder Mobility Screen because it’s more than just a measurement.  Make sure that you are scoring the rotary stability screen correctly by checking out our video below.

It’s that simple!

We make sure that all of our clients have at least symmetrical 2’s before doing most major lifts and especially any dynamic or power exercises.  Inability to perform 2’s on the rotary stability is an inability to control the “soft” or “inner” core, and the client would need more ground based core training before moving on to advanced exercises.

Check out the blog next week when we will bring you the Trunk Stability Pushup Screen to check that “hard” or “outer” core firing.

Shoulder Mobility Screen – Performing and Scoring the FMS

For our second video in our series on performing and scoring the Functional Movement Screen, we have the Shoulder Mobility Screen.

This is another easy screen that just involves a quick measurement.

Shoulder Mobility Screen
Shoulder Mobility Screen

Just to reiterate from the video above, use these measurements to score the Shoulder Mobility Screen.

0 = Pain on the screen or clearance test

1 = Distance between hands is greater than 1 ½ hand lengths

2 = Distance between hands is less than 1 ½ hands lengths, but greater than 1 hand length

3 = Distance between hands is less than 1 hand length.

That’s it! The Shoulder Mobility screen is simple and a great way to make sure your clients and athletes can press overhead and do other movements that require T-spine and shoulder mobility.