At ESS, we’re great believers in using the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and it is the first port of call for all our new athletes.

The FMS is a movement screen or tool we use to identify movement inequality, asymmetries and weaknesses in athletes.  It allows us to do so in a quick and safe manner. Using the FMS, we put our athletes through 7 standard movements monitoring their control, range of motion and stability to give them a complete score out of a possible 21.range of motion and stability to give them a complete score out of a possible 21.asymmetries and weaknesses in athletes.  It allows us to do so in a quick and safe manner. Using the FMS, we put our athletes through 7 standard movements monitoring their control, range of motion and stability to give them a complete score out of a possible 21.range of motion and stability to give them a complete score out of a possible 21. 

From the FMS we can quickly identify tightness, limits to range of motion or asymmetries, pick up on any movement deficiencies and observe or be warned of any injuries you may have. From here, we can refer you to one of our specialists if need be, or design a personalised program to correct your specific, identified deficiencies. The FMS can then be repeated in the future to observe the trend and ensure we are improving your movement patterns.

A poor score or any pain means you will spend time with our Exercise Physiologist – a qualified coach with different qualifications from the other strength coaches.  The  Exercise Physiologist specialises in recognising movement deficiencies and programming specifically to improve movement quality.

While you may feel completely healthy and injury free, working with our specialists means we may unearth issues you are not even aware of, preventing them from turning into future problems.

Since injury prevention is  a cornerstone of our approach to increasing performance, the FMS is an objective and reliable tool we employ to set the foundations for all our programs.

Jereme Russell

Jereme Russell was an Intern and Coach with ESS from 2016-2017

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