Apr 2018

What is Selective Functional Movement Assessment


Functional Movement Systems is a company with a mission to help people move better and then move often. The philosophy was introduced in 1995, at a time when there was no systematic tool to identify movement asymmetries or major limitations in functional movement patterns.

The system promotes collaboration between performance and rehabilitation professionals through the use of two tools – the Functional Movement Screen™ and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment™. Both tools evaluate movement but are separated by a clear distinct marker. That marker is pain. If movement produces pain, the individual would be sent through SFMA. If pain is not present, then the FMS is the appropriate tool.

Why Functional Movement Systems?

  • Movement Matters: Movement quality is an essential component to reducing the risk of injury and reaching optimal levels of performance.
  • Systematic Approach: A reliable baseline to screen and evaluate movement is key to providing actionable and effective steps for performance and recovery.
  • Communication: The system allows for performance and rehabilitation professionals to speak the same language when communicating client progress and treatment.
  • Professional Network: Build a referral network for your business by connecting and collaborating with professionals who share your passion for functional movement.


Selective Functional Movement Assessment or  SFMA is the movement based diagnostic system, designed to clinically assess 7 fundamental movement patterns in those with known musculoskeletal pain. The assessment provides an efficient method to systematically find the cause of symptoms, not just the source, by logically breaking down dysfunctional patterns and diagnosing their root cause as either a mobility problem or a stability/motor control problem.

SFMA Level 3 – Clinical Integration

  • Describe how each portion of the Functional Movement System fits together and when and why to apply each including the FMS, YBT and the SFMA.
  • Effectively communicate key aspects and goals of the system to stakeholders such as coaches, payers, physicians and patients.
  • Synthesize the principles of the Functional Movement System and understand different methods to apply these principles.
  • Articulate findings from key research studies that support the use of the system as it relates to prevention, rehabilitation, discharge testing and performance enhancement.
  • Describe key aspects of performing mass testing for injury screening and prevention.
  • This systematic process allows clinicians to clearly match their intervention to the main problem of the patient. This model efficiently integrates the concepts of altered motor control, the neurodevelopmental perspective, and regional interdependence into musculoskeletal practice.



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