Functional Movement Screen Normative Values and Validity in High School Athletes: Can the FMSTM be used as a Predictor of Injury?  

Authors:  Bardenett SM, Micca JJ, DeNoyelles JT, Miller SD, Jenk DT, Brooks GS

Limited information exists regarding injury risk factors for high school athletes. The Functional Movement ScreenTM (FMSTM) has been used to identify functional movement impairments and asymmetries, making it a potential predictor of injury.  The purpose of this study was to determine if the FMSTM is a valid predictor of injury in high school athletes and to identify a potential new FMSTM cutoff score for this population. One hundred and sixty seven high school athletes among several sports were scored using the FMSTM and were monitored for injury during a single season. Likelihood ratios were calculated to determine how much a subject’s total FMSTM score influenced the post-test probability of becoming injured.  Of the 167 participants, 39 sustained a musculoskeletal injury. Of all component scores, the in-line lunge scores were significantly higher for injured players. For shoulder mobility, scores were significantly lower for injured players.  No statistically significant associations were found between total FMSTM scores and injury status. Therefore, the authors concluded that the FMSTM may be useful for recognizing deficiency in certain movements, however this data suggests that the FMSTM should not be used for overall prediction of injury in high school athletes throughout the course of a season. Normative data from a large sample size is now available in the high school athlete demographic.

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