Functional Movement Systems:
Applying the Model to Real Life Examples
Gray Cook FMS Video — Gray Cook Using the Functional Movement Screen — Gray Cook Introduction to FMS
by Gray Cook
with Brett Jones
If you’re a physical therapist, sports medicine professional or athletic trainer, do you know how to quickly identify IF your clients have dysfunctions?
Do you know where to investigate further if you find something?
Do you understand how these dysfunctions affect other areas of the body?
Do you know the right corrective strategies to apply to each person?
Do you have a method for quickly, simply and RELIABLY screening clients in the pre-participation stage?
Do you have a standard to judge whether your corrective strategies or programs are fixing or worsening your clients’ existing dysfunctions?
If you’ve ever asked these questions, you’re not alone.
In fact, these are the same kinds of questions the founders of the Functional Movement Screen—Gray Cook and Lee Burton—asked themselves back in 1997 when they were looking for a way to help the hundreds of high school athletes they worked with.
At that time, there was no systematic tool to help fitness professionals or rehabilitation specialists identify functional asymmetry or major limitations in functional movement patterns—both of which are linked to an increased risk of injury and decreased functional effectiveness.
To fill this void, and to give fitness professionals and rehabilitation specialists a tool to answer those important questions, Gray Cook and Lee Burton developed the seven-test Functional Movement Screen.
Learn How To Apply the FMS With Your Clients
- know how to coach specific exercises, but aren’t always sure how to PICK the right exercises for your clients
- want to learn how to correctly screen clients across a wide variety of backgrounds so you can establish a baseline and build a corrective strategy
- are familiar with the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), but are looking for a greater understanding of how to apply it correctly with your clients and use it to develop programming unique to each person
… then you’ll love this presentation by Gray Cook and Brett Jones.
In Functional Movement Systems: Applying The Model To Real Life Examples, Gray Cook and Brett Jones will speed you through the learning curve and show you how to apply the FMS like a veteran.
They explain the important concepts behind the FMS. But where you’ll really find the most value is when they pick people from different backgrounds, take them through the FMS screen, and then make corrective and programming recommendations—explaining each step and their thought process along the way.
Here’s just SOME of what Gray and Brett go through in the DVD—
- What the Functional Movement Screen is, including its purpose and limitations
- Mistakes people make when training and coaching
- The seven FMS tests: how to perform them, what each test identifies, what order you should conduct them, how to score the tests, and how to interpret the scores
- Which order you should address issues identified in the FMS tests
- Corrective approaches covering the age spectrum of fitness clients, post-rehab clients and athletes of all levels, including:
- A female triathlete who scored ‘1s’ on the straight leg raise and trunk stability pushup.
- A martial artist and powerlifter who has an asymmetry in the hurdle step
- A Highland Games competitor, strength coach and personal trainer who has an asymmetry in the rotary stability test
- A person with a flat foot and a partial clubfoot, who scores ‘1s’ on the inline lunge, active straight leg raise, and trunk stability pushup tests
- 50+ year-old woman who has an asymmetry in the shoulder mobility and in-line lunge test
- The one time you SHOULDN’T correct an asymmetry
- and much more
If you want to see masters of the FMS conduct screens and recommend corrective strategies with real people and explain the whole process as they go along, get Gray Cook’s Functional Movement Systems: Applying The Model To Real Life Examples today.
You’ll walk away with a clearer understanding of how to use the FMS with your clients. You’ll be better able to identify issues, use the screen results to systematically tackle those issues with corrective strategies, and use it to improve your athletes’ performance without compromising their safety.
What’s Covered in the Presentation
4-disc, ~4-hour DVD set
Here’s what Gray and Brett covered (including transcript page references)—
- Do the movement screens change when people get older? Why aren’t there sport-specific movement screens? Gray’s answer on pg.3
- The purpose and limitations of screens, including the FMS. pg.3
- Why most people get stabilization training wrong—like core, low back, hip and shoulder stabilization training. pg.4
- The wrong way most people try to coach movement, and what we can learn from how babies and kids learn to move. pg.4
- The wrong way to teach the squat. pg.4
- The difference between a movement screening system and a movement system program. pg.5
- Which type of client SHOULDN’T do the movement screen. pg.5
- Where the movement screen fits in your program and how it differs for fitness professionals and clinicians. pg.5-6
- The number one risk factor for a recurrence of injury. pg.6
- Why getting your physical therapy patients pain-free isn’t enough. pg.6
- How to get the glutes to engage on a lunge. pg.8
- How the aviation industry reduced the number of fatalities and crashes within one year without changing equipment or education process for pilots—and why the fitness and rehabilitation profession needs the exact same thing to improve patient outcomes. pg.8
- How Gray modifies NFL training programs when consulting teams. pg.9
- Which kind of fitness tests are worthless, and why. pg.9
- How to get stronger without practicing strength. pg.10
- What issues the bottom-up kettlebell press can help identify. pg.10
- Why exercises like the side plank aren’t enough when it comes to improving core stability. pg.11
- Why do some people get injured more frequently than others? The number two and three risk factors for injury. pg.11
- Three simple ways to help someone squat deeper. pg.12
- How Gray came up with the corrective strategies found in his Movement book. pg.12-13
- What issue to address first when you identify a movement dysfunction or deficiency. pg.13
- What self-limiting exercise is, and why it’s beneficial when it comes to improving movement quality. pg.13
- Where the center of mass is for most grown adults, and how it differs from toddlers. pg.13
- How to change an adult’s center of mass to level the pelvis and align the spine properly. pg.13
- The first joint we learn to bear weight on as infants. pg.14
- If you can’t do a certain exercise properly, should you find a substitute so you can still train the same muscles? Gray’s answer on pg.14
- A video of a squat from young female athlete who had her ACL reconstructed—recorded with bioelectric sensors, a force plate, an EMG and 3D camera system. pg.14-15
- How to restore the squat in someone who’s had an ACL reconstruction. pg.15-16
- How the knee can get injured even if there’s full range of motion and normal quad strength. pg.15
- What stops reflex stabilization from working properly. pg.16
- Why corrective exercise shouldn’t correct anything initially, if properly done. pg.17
- One of the preferred shooting positions in the United States military, and why it’s no longer a preferred shooting position today. pg.18
- Why 57.9% of American children failed basic movement tests in 1954, even though not many people had TVs, and the obesity rate was lower—Gray’s thoughts. pg.19
Here’s what they covered (including transcript page references)—
- The seven FMS tests. pg.20
- The benefits of the Turkish getup—what it tests, and what it improves. pg.20
- Why the movement screen is valuable for obese clients working to drop weight. pg.20
- Why you should throw out all the rules you’ve learned about sets and reps when it comes to corrective exercise. pg.21
- The two tests to use if you have an elderly client who may struggle with some of the more physically challenging FMS tests, and which to work on first. pg.21, 25
- Two things that can cause a limitation in the leg raise. pg.21-22
- How to improve the reaching test without stretching the pecs or lats. pg.22
- What the rotary stability test identifies and assesses. pg.22-23
- What issues you need to address if your client can do the push-up, but can’t pass the rotary stability test. pg.23
- The two patterns that are going to give your older clients the biggest issues. pg.23
- Why you should do all seven FMS tests even if you know which your client will fail. pg.23
- Which order you should address issues identified in the seven FMS tests. pg.23
- Examples of the FMS evaluation score sheets. pg.24-25
- How well fitness, rehabilitation, strength and conditioning professionals tend to do on the movement screen versus the the clients and athletes they work with. pg.24
- What never to write down on the FMS evaluation score sheet. pg.25
- Four important points about the FMS to know and remember when conducting the tests. pg.26
- The wrong approach many take to rehabilitating a post-surgical rotator cuff. pg.27
- The next step to take if your client experiences pain on a movement in the FMS. pg.27
- The biggest problem Gray finds with people who take the FMS workshops. pg. 29
- Why you shouldn’t do the two most important FMS tests first. pg.30
- What order to conduct the FMS tests. pg.30-34
- Can’t deep squat properly? A simple way to create an anterior weight shift in the deep squat. pg.30
- How to score the deep squat. pg. 30
- How to perform the hurdle step test. pg.30
- The one thing nobody picks up on the movement screen. pg.30
- How to score the hurdle step. pg.30
- What if you find it difficult to get your leg over the string on the hurdle step? Is it a mobility problem on the swing leg or a stability problem on the stance leg? Gray’s answer on pg.31
- Why the in-line lunge test only goes in the sagittal plane even though we’re meant to train in three planes. pg.31
- Why hockey players grab each others jerseys when they fight. pg.31
- The mistake most people make when performing the active straight-leg raise. pg.32
- Why tightness in the hamstrings returns even after stretching, and how to fix it for good. pg.32
- Which parts of the body are responsible for balance, and which FMS movements test these parts. pg.32
- What the total score means across the seven FMS test. pg.33
- Which exercise runners should do to compensate for the issues that running creates in the body. pg.34
- How to get hard cardio work without exacerbating lower body asymmetrical issues. pg.34
- How to address an asymmetrical straight-leg raise on a mountain biker who doesn’t want to give up biking: which exercises to use, and how to progress them. pg.35-36
- How to identify asymmetries that may not be found on movement screens. pg.36
- Do you have to be perfectly symmetrical on the FMS tests? See pg.36-37
Here’s what’s covered (including transcript page references)—
- Brett and Gray’s corrective approach for a female triathlete who scored ‘1s’ on the straight-leg raise and trunk stability pushup. pg.38
- Brett and Gray’s corrective approach to a martial artist and powerlifter who has an asymmetry in the hurdle step. pg.39
- The only case when Gray doesn’t correct an asymmetry. pg.39
- Gray’s corrective approach to a Highland Games competitor, strength coach and personal trainer who has an asymmetry in the rotary stability test. pg.39-40
- What corrective to use if your clients have more core strength than stability. pg.41
- An exercise Gray uses with a lot of his big, strong athletes who “lose” the inner core. pg.41
- Brett’s corrective approach to someone with a flat foot and a partial clubfoot, who scores ‘1s’ on the inline lunge, active straight-leg raise and trunk stability pushup tests. pg.41-42
- A simple way to improve balance and motor control. pg.42
- Brett’s corrective approach to 50+ year-old woman who has an asymmetry in the shoulder mobility and in-line lunge tests. pg.43
- How to cue someone to run faster. pg.43
- Why the deep squat is tested first even though it’s addressed last. pg.43-44
- Where to find PDF files of the FMS score sheet forms for free. pg.44
- Resources to check if you want to learn more about the movements covered in the movement screen, including a resource on the shoulder, a resource covering the push-up and rotary stability, a resource covering the squat, hurdle step and lunge, and a resource covering the core. pg.44
- The first thing Gray looks for in the initial deadlift movement. pg.45
- What a proper deadlift is supposed to teach, and what other exercises it provides a good foundation for. pg.46
- How to teach the hip-hinge pattern on the deadlift using a high cable. pg.46
- The ten movement principles behind the FMS and SFMA systems. pg.48-61
- Why Gray Cook uses the bear crawl and deadlift to improve the shoulder. pg.53
- What kind of training environment you should create for your client when using correctives. pg.56-57
- How the FMS changed the way Jon Torine—then the strength coach for the Indianapolis Colts—trained his athletes. pg.58
- The wrong way many people use foam rollers. pg.58-59
- Examples of good self-limiting exercises that help maintain the quality of movement perceptions and behaviors. pg.59
Disc four is a bonus disc of raw, unedited video footage from the Perform Better Summit of Gray Cook running a workshop covering shoulder mobility correctives, and Lee Burton running a workshop covering lower body correctives.
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If you want to see these masters of the FMS conduct screens and recommend corrective strategies with real people and explain the entire process, get Gray Cook’s Functional Movement Systems: Applying The Model To Real Life Examples today.