What Is a Functional Movement Screening?

Kinetisense can analyze hundreds of movement variations to create customized functional movement assessments based on your needs.

What Functional Movement Patterns Can Tell Us

When a patient undergoes a functional movement screen, a practitioner performs a regimen of activities that will systematically rank and rate movement patterns. The focus is to identify any limitations in movement or overcompensation in balance. These are common indicators of an increased risk of injury. The practitioner focuses on certain parts of the body and how something like gait corresponds with balance.

A functional movement screening consists of a number of movements that will evaluate movement patterns. All of them are interconnected, and an anomaly in one can affect performance in another.

The Issue

The accuracy of a functional movement assessment is only as good as the experience and training of the practitioner. They need to know what to look for, understand the correlation between movement of different parts of the body, and take a number of important factors into account before making a determination. The problem with this is that much of a functional movement assessment is based on subjective information. An indication of injury risk to one practitioner may be ignored or go unnoticed by another. This results in uneven care and improper conclusions.

The Solution

The best way for practitioners to improve their functional movement screenings is to introduce a tool that provides an objective assessment, one that is based on numbers and measurements and not best guesses and inconsistent experience. The Kinetisense system enables physical therapists and trainers alike to analyze a variety of movement patterns. Our solution allows practitioners to build customized assessments with objective data analysis for each movement they choose to analyze.

Our system facilitates the functional analysis of any front-facing position with hundreds of variations. Every human body is unique, and each body has its own mobility and stability capabilities. Our tools allow the practitioner to analyze human movement in real time and across all three planes of movement.

What Are the Benefits of a Functional Movement Screening?

A standardized way to identify major movement limitations or issues: A functional movement screening with Kinetisense can be accomplished in less than 10 minutes per patient, which makes it a simple tool to assess entire athletic teams.

Provide a baseline: Proper care after an injury, or for the athlete who wants to improve performance, functional movement screenings are key to providing a baseline that can be used to build a plan to help an athlete return from injury or improve their performance on the field.

Improve communication between healthcare professionals: If an athlete sustains an injury, there is a chance they will see one specialist after another. All of them will need historical information about the athlete and can use reports from a Kinetisense functional movement screening to determine weaknesses before the injury or even to measure progress during recovery.

How Kinetisense Helps

Patients and clients will want to see the changes that occur over the course of movement rehab or performance-enhancement training. The Kinetisense technology can be leveraged to earn new clients in a variety of ways, whether that’s assessing the community and bringing more new patients and clients to your facility or by adding new billables by incorporating 3D motion analysis to your protocols.

The goal of a functional movement screening is to provide practitioners with a full appraisal of how an individual moves. Limitations and asymmetries that are identified by the functional movement screening are ones that can increase risk of injuries, but it is important to note that other factors may come into play, such as landing mechanics, strength, endurance, weight, power, and technical ability. Kinetisense is the tool practitioners can use to provide concrete evidence and increase patient care. 

Call us today for a free demonstration of how Kinetisense can completely change how you perform functional movement screenings.