What is it?

Put simply, the Select Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the SFMA readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness.

The SFMA generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.

Exercise professionals monitor the SFMA score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.

What does SFMA do?

The SFMA simplifies the concept of movement and its impact on the body. Its streamlined system has benefits for everyone involved – individuals, exercise professionals, and physicians.

  • Communication. The SFMA utilizes simple language, making it easy for individuals, exercise professionals, and physicians to communicate clearly about progress and treatment.
  • Evaluation. The screen effortlessly identifies asymmetries and limitations, diminishing the need for extensive testing and analysis.
  • Standardization. The SFMA creates a functional baseline to mark progress and provides a means to measure performance.
  • Safety. The SFMA quickly identifies dangerous movement patterns so that they can be addressed. It also indicates an individual’s readiness to perform exercise so that realistic goals can be set and achieved.
  • Corrective Strategies. The SFMA can be applied at any fitness level, simplifying corrective strategies of a wide array of movement issues. It identifies specific exercises based on individual SFMA scores to instantly create customized treatment plans.

To learn more about how a Select Functional Movement Screen may help you achieve optimal motion, contact Pukalani Physical Therapy, Pukalani, HI to determine how testing may best serve you.