Liz Nguyen Physical Therapy Wellness & Consulting
NDURUS Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
Sports training, repetitive movements and postures can lead to muscular imbalances and performance inefficiency, even injury. A functional approach looks at coordinated muscle contractions and recruitment patterns for effective, long-term movement management. A screen for triathletes was developed to identify muscular imbalances and retrain the body/brain connection for proper movement patterns, which becomes a way to train long-term, rather than a short-term solution or quick fix. Think of a persistent “tight” hip flexor that stems from poor glute or abdominal stability and how that can force the body to “work around” the issue leading to injury rather than addressing the root issue and optimizing movement efficiency.
What to expect at the initial screen:
Please arrive wearing athletic attire (shorts, tank top/sports bra) for best comfort during the screen, which will be approximately 45 minutes. The screen consists of 5 key movements to assess coordination of mobility, alignment & stability. These being:
Intent: Assessment of hip, ankle and lumbar mobility and alignment.
Intent: Insight to single limb strength, stability and balance (important since running is a series of single limb stance)
Intra-abdominal pressure regulation test
Intent: Identify abdominal recruitment patterns (abdominal coordination
Quadruped – hands and knee position
Intent: Assess hip mobility and spinal stability with movement
Sitting hip flexion
Intent: Simulate bike position with pedal stroke; assessment of spinal stability with hip movements
In addition, muscle length assessments will also be conducted. An exercise program will be devised based on your screen results. Parts of the screen may be videotaped with your consent for learning within the session. It may also be included in the screen PDF write up.
What to expect at the follow up session (3-4 weeks after the initial screen):
This session takes 30 minutes. This gives you time to work on your exercise program, note any improvements from the initial screen, and ask any questions regarding progress.
Book a functional screen Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: normally $250, discounted to $200 for NDURUS athletes