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Normative Values for the Functional Movement Screen in Adolescent School Aged Children.   

Authors: Abraham A, Sannasi R, Nair R

International sports programs have established pre-participation athletic screening procedures as an essential component to identify athletes that are at a high risk of becoming injured. The Functional Movement ScreenTM is a screening instrument intended to evaluate deficiencies in the mobility and stability of an athlete that might be linked to injury.  To date, there are no published normative values for the FMSTM in adolescent school aged children. Therefore, the authors of this study established normative values for the FMSTM in adolescent school aged children.  The mean composite FMSTM score was 14.59 (CI  14.43 - 14.74) out of a possible total of 21. There was a statistically significant difference in scores between females and males (p = .000). But no statistically significant difference in scores existed between those who reported a previous injury and those who did not report previous injury (p = .300).  The variables including age (r= -.038, p=.225), height (r = .065, p = .040), and weight (r =.103 , p =.001) did not show a strong correlations with the mean composite score.  This study provides normative values of FMSTM for adolescent school aged children, which could assist in evaluation of functional mobility and stability in this population.

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