Assessing Movement with Stuart McGill, Gray Cook and Craig Liebenson

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Gray Cook and Stuart McGill take the stage at Stanford University in a six-hour discussion of their approaches to movement screening, assessment and spine stabilization. In this discussion, Gray and Stuart review the literature surrounding the FMS, and then answer questions about their methods.

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 Stuart McGill, Gray Cook & Craig Liebenson

Stuart McGill, Gray Cook Video — Stuart McGill Functional Movement Screen Review — Stuart McGill and Craig Liebenson Video

Gray Cook and Stuart McGill
Unpack Their Approach To Assessing Human Movement

Move well. Move often.

Over the years, a movement-based approach has gained popularity in the world of fitness, performance training, and rehabilitation.

This approach has been adopted not only to alleviate pain and musculoskeletal problems in a clinical setting, but also in injury rehabilitation, injury prevention and performance training for both amateur and highly paid professional athletes.

Today, a movement-based approach is used by a wide array of professions and occupations, including physical therapists, personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, and athletes.

One of the most popular assessment tools that has come from this movement-based approach is Gray Cook and Lee Burton’s Functional Movement Screen (FMS).

The FMS and the SFMA, the related medical-based assessment tool, have gained popularity due to their simplicity and ease-of-use. They allow many professionals to screen and assess their clients’ movement patterns, and make subsequent decisions on further assessments, rehabilitation or programming.

Though the FMS and SFMA have been both been the subject of academic research for years, there still remains a lot of debate and controversy behind the validity and value of a quick, simple and general tool like the FMS, especially for injury prediction.

In particular, many people have highlighted a supposed difference in approach to screening, assessment and spine stabilization between Gray Cook and Stuart McGill, one of the world’s leading low back experts.

Craig Liebenson realized this, and proposed for these two giants in the field to present their approaches, clarify their positions and critically analyze the FMS.

The result is what you’ll find inside this DVD, Assessing Movement: A Contrast in Approaches & Future Directions.

Stuart McGill and Gray Cook
Present Their Approach To Assessing Movement

In the DVD—

  • Gray explains the principles, intent and incorrect assumptions people make about the FMS
  • Stuart reviews the literature surrounding the FMS, and highlights areas of agreement and disagreement
  • Stuart outlines his approach to assessments in Developing the Ideal Screen or Assessment
  • Gray demonstrates the FMS tests, and Stuart demonstrates some of the assessment tools he uses with clients
  • Craig discusses the history of human movement in medicine and patient care
  • Gray and Stuart take questions about both their methods
  • …and much more

This full-day presentation spans across six discs, totaling 5 hours and 40 minutes. The event was held by Stanford Sports Medicine at The Cemex Auditorium of Stanford University. Tickets to this event were originally $400.

Whether you find yourself in the more restrictive environment of the clinical side, or the strength and conditioning and fitness end, Assessing Movement: A Contrast in Approaches & Future Directions will dig deep and help you think about the principles that will guide you in bridging the gap between rehabilitation and performance.

You will walk away more informed about the movement approach, the FMS tool, and how to critically analyze the tools available for you to help your clients get a better end result.

What People Are Saying About Assessing Movement

“My decision to go to Gray Cook and Stu McGill’s discussion of the FMS was not exactly last minute, but certainly I was up against the clock. I don’t think I make it a secret that I am a fan of both of their work and, frankly, a “debate” between friends is never something I want to see live.

“We’ve all been there where two buddies on opposite sides of a political firebomb will quickly go from friends to frenemies to enemies.

“Thankfully, Laree Draper has enough pull and influence to get me into anything, even at the last minute. The participants were mostly from the therapy fields. We had lots of chiropractors, massage therapists and “hands on” people, but there were also all kinds of coaches, trainers and the like. During the breaks, I was surprised to hear how many people didn’t know what the FMS was before they got there. 

“I guess some people expected fireworks, as this keeps showing up in reviews, but once you put on your big kid pants, in this industry most of us try to learn from one another, not tear down.

“I came away from the day with pages and pages of notes. I also discovered that, once again, the strength coach can be a really important piece of the puzzle in keeping athletes—and everyone is an athlete—on the right path. I give this day TWO thumbs up.” 

~ Dan John


“As a fitness professional who is striving to be the best they can be (aka I drop a lot of dollars on continuing education), you can imagine I was pretty ecstatic when I found out there would be a meeting with Gray Cook and Stuart McGill in San Francisco.

“It took approximately .02 seconds for me to hop online and book everything. News flash, Gray Cook and Stuart McGill are rock stars.

“Many got excited for a ferocious debate, but that’s not what this was about.

“It was about two first-class professionals getting together to move our industry forward. They maturely embraced each other’s views, and it was an amazing experience.

“I naively thought going in that I was going to leave having the answers and a clear path of what to do with my client assessment model.

“I was wrong.

“As the day progressed, I realized I was going to end up with more questions. But that’s actually a great thing.


“And that is what will make us better.

“I left with my brain on the floor and feeling inspired. It was a truly fantastic day. I am excited to continue my growth as a professional, and as Gray mentioned in his closing comments, question everything I do. I can only hope to help people the best I can with the evidence I have available.

“And after this weekend, I know I will be able to do just that.


“Thank you Gray, Stu, and Craig.” 

~ Kasey Esser


“Two giants in the field, Gray Cook, PT, and Stuart McGill, PhD, assembled to present their viewpoints on movement assessment, arranged and moderated by Craig Liebenson, DC. Assessing Movement: A contrast in Approaches & Future Directions was held at Stanford University and co-hosted by Stanford Sports Medicine and Rehab2Performance. 

“Such a prestigious location was fitting, and even led to Gray uncharacteristically appearing in a jacket, which didn’t last the whole day, and he quietly told me, “Jackets are for funerals and Stanford”. 

“For the nearly 350 professionals in attendance, it was nothing short of spectacular. With representatives from Asia, Europe, and throughout North America ranging from students, to fitness professionals, performance coaches, and clinicians, there was a bit of perspective for everyone.

“What should not be lost in anything else you read is that this was a top-notch event and a discussion that should continue. The level of transparency, mutual respect, and openness to change in light of new evidence that the presenters displayed should be emulated. I entered this meeting holding the presenters in the highest regard; I left after solidifying my appreciation for their work and with a deeper awareness of their characters.

“Dr. McGill presenting his thoughts, and Gray Cook, PT enjoying the commentary—This truly was an enjoyable, collegial discussion.

“While some anticipated a heated battle, what we got was a level-headed, respectful discussion of some age-old conflicts, with a contemporary twist including the FMS and current research. Gray Cook stated, “I’m not offended by scientific scrutiny”….”I’m honored.” Dr. McGill, on many occasions, said, “I cannot disagree with anything I’ve heard.” 

“Throughout this fantastic day, Cook and McGill offered pearls of wisdom, as Liebenson masterfully guided the conversation and the audience’s questions. The discussion included many perspectives and dichotomies we all wrestle with.” 

~ Jason Brown

What’s Covered in the Presentation

Disc One: Gray Cook

In Disc 1, Gray outlines the logic and principles behind the FMS. He also outlines incorrect assumptions people make about the screen, how he uses the screen, what information the screen can give and what he sees as the limitations of it.

Here’s what is covered (including transcript page references)—

  • Why health professionals have gotten better at treating certain conditions, and how the same principle can benefit movement professionals. pg.2
  • The importance of having a ‘why statement.’ pg.2
  • What you need when scrutinizing functional methods. pg.3
  • The importance of distinguishing between, and improving, parts, patterns and performance. pg.3-4
  • One thing physical therapy does right. pg.4
  • The entry point for discussing the musculoskeletal system. pg.5
  • How significant movement patterns are for performance advantages. pg.5
  • The dangerous knee-jerk reaction that people have when they encounter pain, weight-loss problems, or performance improvement issues. pg.6
  • What adding load does to movement patterns. pg.6
  • The sub-categories of movement. pg.7
  • The answer Gray always gives when someone tells them about their ailments (and why he always gives this same answer). pg.7
  • If you’ve got pain when you move, see pg.7
  • Don’t give somebody a movement solution to pain without first doing this. pg.7
  • The difference between movement competency and movement performance. pg.8
  • The biggest misconception about the Functional Movement Screen. pg.8
  • What the FMS helps tell you about your athletes. pg.8
  • Why the FMS only features bodyweight loads. pg.8
  • How the body’s sensory and movement systems work together, and which you should fix first if you find an issue. pg.9
  • How redundancy is built into the FMS. pg.10
  • Is the FMS sports-specific? See pg.10
  • The goal of the Functional Movement Screen. pg.10
  • How effective the FMS scoring system has been. pg.10
  • The first question to ask about your exercise program if you get a ‘3’ on one of the FMS movement patterns. pg.10
  • What a ‘3’ score on the FMS means. pg.10
  • Do you need to add movement prep into your program, or are you just wasting your time? The answer on pg.10
  • When a ‘2’ score is acceptable, and when you should look further into it. pg.11
  • What to do if the movement screen provokes pain. pg.11
  • The entire point of having the movement screen. pg.11
  • The most common incorrect assumptions of the FMS. pg.12
  • What the total FMS score does and doesn’t tell you. pg.12
  • The poor side effects the practice of strength and conditioning delivers. pg.12
  • What problem the morbidly obese run into before reaching a metabolism that helps lose
  • The usefulness of tests that measure movement by placing the body against a static grid. pg.13
  • Why there’s a ‘3’ score on the movement screen when a ‘2’ score signals sufficiency. pg.13
  • Why the FMS has a mobility bias. pg.14
  • Why you should check mobility before stability. pg.14
  • How to make the lunge look better in five minutes using a pattern stretch. pg.14
  • The first thing to address when confronting asymmetries. pg.14
  • Why the FMS is valuable to sports like the NFL, even though it can’t help reduce the injury rate. pg.15
  • Why insurance companies pay dentists to do the simple task of flossing twice a year. pg.15
  • The percentage of kids who pass pre-participation physicals to compete in high-school athletics, yet still fail a movement screen due to pain. pg.16
  • Can the movement screen predict the mechanism of injury? The answer on pg.16
  • Is the FMS the only test you need? Where it fits in your toolbox. pg.16
  • How to make group fitness training work properly—group training works for every other skill, but is often poorly done in the domain of fitness. pg.17
  • The difference between a screen and an assessment, and how the FMS fits with other assessments. pg.17
  • How the movement screen correlates with athletic performance. pg.17
  • Is the FMS a simplistic assessment? See pg.18
  • Two things that occur with every patient going through musculoskeletal rehabilitation. pg.18
  • The number one risk factor for a future injury. pg.18
  • What you should be giving to patients whom you discharge from rehabilitation. pg.18
  • How the aviation profession inverted its incident statistics in a single year, and it wasn’t through education or equipment upgrades. pg.19
  • Where to go after the FMS? The two directions the screen sends you. pg.20
  • The two impairments every bad movement pattern can be reduced to. pg.20
  • What the best strength coaches in the world create in their programs. pg.21
  • Why Gray disagrees with the White House suggestion to get kids running around for 60 minutes a day. pg.22

Disc 2: Stuart McGill

In this session, Stuart McGill spends most of the time reviewing literature on the FMS’ ability to predict injury. He highlights areas of agreement and disagreement with the FMS research using his decades of clinical and research experience.

Here’s what is covered (including transcript page references)—

  • Stu’s preliminary thoughts on Gray’s first lecture. pg.1
  • Factors that influence the way we move. pg.1
  • Can descriptions of motion reveal injury mechanisms, stress or joint stability? Answer on pg.2
  • The limitations and inadequacies of constrained tests like the FMS in predicting injury risk. pg.2
  • An example of a FMS ‘3’ score on the overhead squat, and why Stuart would rate it as a ‘1’ using his criteria. pg.3
  • How long do you have to observe a movement to obtain a baseline? See pg.3
  • Can a screen containing a general task predict movement in a complex goal-driven task? Results of a study done with a group of firefighters. pg.3-4
  • The five patterns that turned out to better predict competency in actual fire-fighting tasks. pg.3
  • How the FMS fared in picking up injury mechanisms in a firefighter. The results of a study on pg.4
  • What’s the ideal posture? A look at the backs of mixed martial artists and world-class sprinters, with surprising results. pg.4
  • How speed and load changes injury mechanisms. pg.4
  • How Stuart and his team made the firefighters’ movement dysfunction disappear in 10 minutes, and the implications of using metrics and baselines in studies of effectiveness. pg.5
  • Can an exercise training approach change patterns in other tasks? Results from the firefighter study on pg.5
  • Can a movement change with no real change over time in the FMS? See pg.6
  • Does stretching, strengthening and endurance change movement patterns? Study results on pg.6
  • Should you work to change someone who has a hyperlordotic spine? See pg.6 for important implications on corrective exercise.
  • Can movement quality predict future injuries? See pg.7 for the surprising correlation between FMS score and injury risk in a study of NCAA basketballers, and a study on sprinters and cross-country runners—and more importantly, the reasons.
  • NBA vs. NFL—which sport does a better job in their Combine in predicting performance in a game. pg.7
  • Injury risk prediction factors: results from a three-year study of Toronto SWAT teams measuring different factors including weight, hip range of motion, FMS test results, and non-FMS movement competency. pg.8
  • Two very important factors for proper categorization of a screen. pg.8
  • Policeman who were getting hurt in the SWAT study: what they were doing in the gym that put them at greater risk of injury. pg.9
  • A useful metric for judging the worth of various interventions. pg.9
  • The injury mechanisms of back injuries, knee injuries, and shoulder injuries. The results from a three-year study of 280 firefighters from Alberta. pg.9
  • The 2007 paper that awoke the scientific community to the FMS: what assumptions were made by the study. pg.10
  • A biomarker that is a great predictor of injury. pg.10
  • Predicting the injury risk of soldiers with the FMS: results from a large military study showing the FMS score ranges correlated with an elevated risk of injury. pg.10-11
  • FMS score differences between everyday men and women: results from a study dissected by Stuart on pg.11
  • How Italy’s AC Milan football club has reduced its injury rate over the last 14 years by 92%. pg11

Disc Three: Gray Cook & Stuart McGill 

In this disc, Gray responds to Stuart’s first lecture questioning the validity of the FMS. Stuart then delivers a talk entitled Developing the Ideal Screen/Assessment, where he outlines his approach to assessments, and how to use that information to design a subsequent program.

Here’s what is covered (including transcript page references)—

  • What two things happen with the movement screen when you disregard the scoring criteria. pg.2
  • Gray’s response to the scientific scrutiny of the FMS by Stuart McGill. pg.3
  • Why exercise has become a risk factor over the last 10 to 15 years. pg.3
  • The two opposite ways medical discoveries are made, and which the FMS falls in. pg.1
  • Two big injury risks for an older person. pg.2
  • The only two injuries that have happened inside Stuart’s clinic and laboratory when full instrumentation was working: a powerlifter who injured his back lifting around 640 pounds and a firefighter who ruptured his Achilles tendon. pg.2
  • How many other clinicians a patient typically sees before being referred to Stuart McGill. pg.3
  • How many patients Stuart sees per week, and for how long. pg.3
  • Stuart’s four disagreements with the FMS. pg.3
  • Is it ever all right to lose the deep squat? How hip socket depth influences rotational power, power at the bottom of the squat, walking and standing. See pg.3
  • How different bone structures influence the ability to move laterally, squat deep, squat wide, and express power at the extensor range. pg.4
  • The simple change Stuart made in NFL teams where 35% suffered from back pain that helped avoid the injury mechanism altogether pg.4
  • Why Stuart doesn’t always start with mobility. pg.4-5
  • How Stuart McGill identifies dysfunction to find the right intervention, and the approach used with normal people and athletes. pg.4
  • What causes a spine to rupture more easily. pg.5
  • Stuart criticizes his own methods on pg.5
  • Where Stuart McGill and Gray Cook differ, and where they align. pg.5
  • What you need to play golf and survive: why you shouldn’t teach a NFL linebacker to hit a long golf ball. pg.6
  • The case study of a golfer who performed the FMS and the SFMA, and found movement asymmetries, flaws, and guided corrections with no pain, but still felt pain when playing golf, and Stuart’s approach to solving the problem. pg.6
  • Which direction to point your head if you want to lose 20-30% of your endurance, and what this tells about improving performance. pg.7
  • How far should you go when stretching? Stuart’s thoughts on pg.7
  • The two questions Stuart asks at the start of his initial screen. pg.7
  • What he looks for when evaluating a mixed martial artist. pg.8
  • What he looks for when evaluating a basketball player. pg.8
  • What he looks for when evaluating a weightlifter, and how he screens to find the desired qualities. pg.8
  • How to help different athletes visualize perfect movement and get the patterns right. pg.9
  • Why all police officers were found to have a particular walk in different studies. pg.10
  • Stuart’s approach to elite athletes. pg.10
  • A customized scoring system for developing a junior weightlifter. pg.10
  • The one statement Stuart always uses at the finish of every course he teaches. pg.10

Disc 4: Gray Cook & Stuart McGill

In Disc 4, both Gray and Stuart do demonstrations. Gray runs through a brief FMS test, and explains the results. Stu then demonstrates some of the assessments he uses with his clients, with the help of audience members.

Here’s what is covered (including transcript page references)—

  • The order of the tests of the FMS. pg.2
  • An exercise to evaluate triplanar mobility, stability and symmetry. pg.2
  • What to look for when conducting the FMS. pg.2
  • What Gray would do if one of the patterns causes pain. pg.3
  • The four options used in place of a numeric scale in the SFMA (including one that slips by in clinical practice). pg.3
  • How the FMS and SFMA provide a quick way to see whether a structural issue is going to immediately create a movement compromise when you start imposing loads. pg.4
  • Which FMS test should you do if you don’t have time to do all seven? Gray’s answer on pg.4
  • What inconsistent limitations can tell you. pg.4-5
  • Stuart coaching and correcting the technique and mechanics of a rope pull. pg.2
  • Stuart shows the screen for the anatomical hips. pg.2
  • A demonstration of Shirley Sharmann’s test for whether to load the back. pg.2
  • A cue for load-bearing optimality in the spine. pg.2
  • A demonstration of the function of knee width (this can give insight into how wide to squat). pg.3
  • A demonstration of how Stuart determines hip anatomy without an X-ray. pg.3
  • A demonstration of a perfect overhead squat by three-time world record-holding Olympic lifter Jerzy Gregorik. pg.3
  • A demonstration of Stu coaching and setting up a pull on an ordinary person. pg.3
  • Cues to get rid of laxity in the back. pg.4
  • Research from neuroscience reveals how to strengthen movement patterns. pg.4
  • The fastest corrective to get the center of mass in the proper position. pg.4
  • How to engage the biggest motors you can—the hips. pg.4
  • Why the neck is so important when pulling, and how to cue that. pg.4
  • The fastest way to steal strength from someone. pg.4
  • Jerzy’s demonstration of world-class form on the pull and snatch with zero spine motion. pg.5
  • The only way you can get a herniated disc. pg.5
  • An example of a deep squat that Stu wouldn’t add load to. pg.5
  • What to do if you can’t pull off the floor without compromising spinal integrity. pg.5
  • A demonstration of a test of how quickly you can ‘turn muscles on and off.’ pg.6
  • Demonstration of how Stu evaluates and improves external hip rotation (crucial for the drop step used in sports like basketball and volleyball). pg.6-7

Disc 5: Craig Liebenson

In a change of pace on Disc 5, Craig Liebenson discusses the history of human movement in medicine and patient care, and the evolution of medicine as clinicians come to understand the role of the brain in movement and pain.

Here’s what is covered (including transcript page references)—

  • The contribution Tom Mayer, the Dean of Orthopaedic Surgeons in the United States, made in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. pg.2
  • The difference between two things good athletes know. pg.2
  • A little movement experiment you can do in your chair that will change your posture and impact movement. pg.3
  • A standing test for those with shoulder issues. pg.3
  • The empty-can test position for the supraspinatus. pg.3
  • What happens to motor programs after an injury. pg.3
  • How to activate the pneumo-muscular reflex. pg.4
  • How to promote proper healing according Olympic coach Dan Pfaff. pg.4
  • The severity of the two-year mortality rate after a fall in a 70-year-old compared to the two-year mortality rate in a 70-year-old who is diagnosed with cancer or heart disease. pg.4
  • The risk factors of falling. pg.4-5
  • Movement quality, frequency, load and speed: Can you skip steps when building qualities? See pg.5
  • Balancing between too little and too much movement. Craig discusses on pg.5
  • The three qualities that allow an athlete to develop coordination that will be adhesive and transferrable to other activities (important for children and youth thinking of specializing in sports). pg.5
  • What environment great coaches are able to create for their athletes. pg.5
  • An image representing one of the important mechanisms of injury highlighted and underscored by FIFA. pg.6
  • Rebecca Shultz, of Stanford’s biomechanics lab: her preferred screen for progressing to hopping and landing a jump. pg.6
  • An example of an Olympic lift setup with correct control of the spine. pg.6
  • How long it takes for a baby to move from the fetal position, to standing upright,to walking, to standing on one leg. pg.6
  • What’s lacking in physical education programs in the United States that contributes to more athletes getting injured. pg.6
  • The objective of sound injury prevention strategies that allow athletes to become better at their sports. pg.7
  • A great book on strength and conditioning. pg.7
  • Gray Cook’s system in a 4-part nutshell. pg.7
  • How a 50-million-year battle between mammals and their chief predator changed our hard-wiring. pg.8
  • The ability you need to be great at if you want to be great at accelerating in sports. pg.8
  • The one movement Craig gets the most information from when assessing a person who comes to his gym. pg.8
  • How to make people at least 3.5 times more likely to have between-session improvement, as shown by physiotherapists in Australia. pg.9
  • A model for balancing training and load by Henk Kraaijenhof, who’s worked with some of the best-ever sprinters. pg.9
  • One of the greatest coaches, John Wooden’s, definition of coaching. pg.10
  • How resentment can make it hard for people to learn movements. pg.10
  • The importance of considering when to schedule your practice sessions. pg.10
  • How to create a fast acquisition of skill in practice, why you shouldn’t use this method. pg.10
  • The training method used by Michael Phelps that allowed him to overcome setbacks in the Olympics. pg.11
  • A movement that will get an automatic contraction of the abdominal wall and will normalize breathing. pg.11
  • Reported findings that explain why muscles stay tight. pg.11-12
  • Read this if you treat ankle sprains: What Professor Janda and Joanne Bullock-Saxton found in a study of people who had previously had an ankle sprain where the ligaments were compromised. pg.12
  • The most important phase to look at when analyzing the gait to promote hip extension. pg.12
  • Three ways to reactively get high-density contractions in inhibited or dormant tissues in the hip extension. pg.12
  • The importance of focusing on movement to developed and developing nations, and the cost of not rethinking physical activity. pg.13

Disc 6: Gray Cook & Stuart McGill—Questions & Answers

In the final disc, Gray and Stuart take questions from the audience.

Here’s what is covered (including transcript page references)—

  • Should there be one more element to the screen, such as a peer-review or a specific rundown to assess someone’s exposure or workload? If there was a ‘3,’ ‘2’ or ‘1’ based on exposure, could it show if the person is just being overworked? pg.1
  • The difference between The Magnificent 7—Craig’s movement screen—and the FMS. pg.2-3
  • Clarifying self-limiting exercises. pg.2
  • The value of progression in systems for enhancing performance. pg.2
  • A syndrome Stuart is seeing that he didn’t see five years ago—and the two exercises responsible for it. pg.3
  • Differences between the American culture of training, and other cultures whose athletes are able to produce amazing power, endurance, strength and precision. pg.3
  • Unilateral exercises vs bilateral exercises for low back pain. Stuart’s answer on pg.3-4 with results from measurements of the World’s Strongest Man competitors.
  • How a World’s Strongest Man competitor got an extra 250 Newton meters of strength to hold his pelvis up through hip abduction to allow a leg swing on the Super Yoke (he had 500 Newton meters of strength of hip abduction, but needed 750 Newon meters in the Super Yoke). pg.4
  • The best way to enhance a football player’s ability to change direction. pg.4
  • How important breathing patterns are for functional movement, and how to test and correct these in both the general population and in athletes. Gray and Stu’s answer on pg.4-5
  • Which part of the breathing cycle martial artists wait to make a submission on. pg.5
  • How Stu teaches the diaphragm to be independent of stability and control so athletes maintain integrity at all times. pg.5
  • How much air heavy lifters fill their lungs with before a lift to maximize spine stability. pg.5
  • The real performance reason why the Williams sisters grunt when playing tennis. pg.5
  • Where in the breathing cycle maximum core stiffness occurs. pg.5
  • Stuart explains what he saw and felt on the rope pull demonstration that revealed a problem with the person’s disc. pg.6
  • How to determine a state of readiness—what Gray looks for. pg.6
  • How to manage FMS scores and participation. Should you limit people from participation until the score gets to a certain number? Gray’s answer on pg.7
  • How to communicate well with medical professionals if your client gets a ‘0’ on the FMS. pg.7
  • A good test for bridging the FMS into performance. pg.7
  • Gray’s recommendations for low scores that aren’t painful. pg.7-8
  • The place of the overhead squat in sports besides Olympic lifting. Why the FMS uses it in the screen, and its place in training. pg.8-9
  • The advice Jerzy Gregorek, world record holder in Olympic lifting, gave Stuart when he was slated for hip replacement and couldn’t walk without a limp. pg.9
  • How to quantify that a movement got better. Gray and Stu’s answers on pg.9-10
  • Is there a difference between a natural ‘3’ and corrected ‘3’ in terms of predictability of movement patterns? Gray’s answer on pg.10
  • Why so many misinterpret restricted ankle dorsiflexion and default to the kneeling stretch with the stick. pg.11
  • Taking into account the mechanics of the sport and position when looking at ankle mobility. pg.12
  • How Gray and Stuart would approach a patient with frozen shoulders and scoliosis. pg.12-14
  • Recommendations for improving the FMS. Answers from both Gray and Stu. pg.14-15
  • Has Gray considered adding a quick 10-meter walk test into the screen to gain insight into someone’s behavior and lifestyle? His answer on pg.15-16
  • What is athleticism? How much does movement efficiency enhance it? Can you train an individual to be an elite athlete without a genetic limit? Stu’s answer on p.16
  • How to take into account different thresholds of pain when conducting the FMS and in general screens. pg.16-17
  • Are there certain sleep positions that can put athletes at risk of pain, and are there solutions? Stuart’s answer on pg.17
  • Do any of the FMS movements look overtly at pelvic girdle and shoulder girdle dissociation in a rotational situation? Gray’s answer on pg.18


In addition to the high-quality edited video recording of the presentation, you’ll get—

  • Full Audio Recordings of the presentation in MP3 format
  • Full Transcripts of the presentation in PDF format
  • The presentation slides in PDF format
  • Craig Liebenson: Reflections of Event—a 2-page PDF <
  • Gray Cook: Reflections of Event—a 2-page PDF
  • Stuart McGill: Reflections of Event—a 4-page PDF
  • Gray Cook: Parts, Patterns, Performance, The FMS Why Statement—a 3-page PDF
  • Gray Cook: It Depends—a 3-page PDF
  • Stuart McGill: Pre-Event Study Material—a 9-page PDF
  • Functional Movement Screen Literature Summary—a 4-page PDF
  • Craig Liebenson: Talk References—a 2-page PDF
  • Craig Liebenson and Gray Cook : Myths and Misunderstandings about the FMS and SFMA—a 56-minute MP3 audio recording, accompanied by a 15-page PDF transcript. Normally $5.95
  • Gray Cook: IFOMPT Keynote Address—What is our baseline for movement?— a 56-minute MP3 audio recording accompanied by a 16-page PDF transcript
  • Lee Burton: The History of the Functional Movement Screen—a 22-minute MP3 audio recording, accompanied by a 6-page PDF transcript
  • Phil Plisky: The Development of the Y Balance Test—a 13-minute MP3 audio recording, accompanied by a 3-page PDF transcript

PLUS more bonuses only when you buy from On Target Publications—

  • Gray Cook: 10 Movement Principles—a 12-page PDF transcript
  • Gray Cook: Movement Principles (a talk given at CK-FMS)—a 7-page PDF transcript
  • Gray Cook: Three Rs—a 35-minute MP3 audio recording, accompanied by an 8-page PDF transcript
  • Stuart McGill and Craig Liebenson: From the Lab to the Trenches—a 38-minute MP3 audio recording, accompanied by a 9-page PDF transcript

Who Benefits?

Trainers, coaches and clinicians interested in movement screening in general, and the FMS in particular

4 reviews for Assessing Movement with Stuart McGill, Gray Cook and Craig Liebenson

  1. Trevor

    One of the more insightful DVDs I have viewed. Professionals in their elements providing us with a constructive analysis of one of the most common underlying elements of exercise prescription. Another great tool for the “coaches toolbox” and definitely gets the brain ticking!

  2. John

    Excellent video and loved the different approaches by each presenter. Different perspectives with a respect for each others work. Powerful combination. Highly recommend.

  3. Mitch Green, DC, DACRB

    The videos are exceptional in there content, presentation and production values. This is clearly an event that those of us involved in rehabilitation, performance enhancement and teaching will benefit from. The extra “stuff” is also a great and favored bonus.

  4. afonso julio

    Better than this, only attending in person! This has been so far the most understandable lecture I have taken online. Full of mindful information. I would recommend movement lectures to everyone looking for better understanding and fulfill knowledge on this subject. Better than this, only attending in real life, and listening to this great sharing experiences from 3 key specialists Stuart McGill, Gray Cook and Craig Liebenson.

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The physical DVD is a 6-disc, 5 hour & 40-minute DVD set.

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Filmed at Stanford University, 2014.


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