Use of the FMS Screening Tool and Exercise Templates to Help Reduce Injuries and Improve Performance for Large Groups and Individual Military Members – A Personal Perspective

by Patrick Conway, MS, CSCS
TSAC Report January 2021
Vol 58, Issue 4

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This article is a personal perspective on utilizing the Functional Movement System (FMS) as a tool to identify potential problems and function efficiently on a large group scale to reduce the risk of injuries.

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This article originally appeared in TSAC Report, the NSCA’s quarterly, online-only publication geared toward the training of tactical athletes, operators, and facilitators. It provides research-based articles, performance drills, and conditioning techniques for operational, tactical athletes. The TSAC Report is only available for NSCA Members. Read more articles from TSAC Report 

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3. De La Motte, SJ, Lisman, P, Sabatino, M, Beutler, AL, O’Connor, FG, and Deuster, PA. The relationship between functional movement, balance deficits and previous injury history in deploying Marine warfighters. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 30(6): 1619-1625, 2016.

4. Fulton, J, Wright, K, Kelly, M, Zebrosky, B, Zanis, M, Drvol, C, and Butler, R. Injury risk is altered by previous injury: A systematic review of the literature and presentation of causative neuromuscular factors. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy 9(5): 583-595, 2014.

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