As many of you know, we started using the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) yesterday. A huge thank you to all who participated, it was definitely a little crazy getting everyone through the screen. We screened over 30 people and considering it was our first time, I think it went pretty well. Over the next months, I am sure there will be a few bumps along the way and we will change how the FMS is implemented. While we have done a fair amount of research on what the FMS is and how it should be used, we are sure that we aren’t doing some things “right.” We continue to attend training on the FMS and do our own research on how best to implement the FMS into our particular setting. I really appreciate your confidence in me and MDSoF when we start doing something new like this, and I want you to know that I don’t take that confidence lightly.
While we understand that it is natural, especially in the CrossFit environment, to compare scores, we want to emphasize that while there are scores, this screen doesn’t have an average or an expected score. A score of less than 14 may mean that you are more predisposed to injury; however, it doesn’t mean that you can’t train safely. Your score will help us, the coach and the athlete, make sure that you are using the correct weight and intensity and working the correct step of the exercise progressions in the workouts, i.e. that workouts are tailored for you to succeed. As the FMS website says: “The FMS utilizes simple language, making it easy for individuals, exercise professionals, and physicians to communicate clearly about progress and treatment.”
Finally, if you have not taken the screen, please let one of the coaches know and we will arrange a time for you to go through it. As we progress through the new year, you will see that we are using it in the classes more and more and you will be able to get much more out of the workouts the sooner you take the screen.
Two quick videos by Jeff Fish, Director of Athletic Performance with the Atlanta Falcons