The Functional Movement Screen ( Fms )

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It is important to look at tools in assessing prevention of injuries among college cheerleaders so that he or she do not develop a possibility of chronic back pain far after the or she has quit the sport. The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is used as a tool intended to evaluate limitations or asymmetries of movement to detect individuals at risk for exercise and sports-related injury. The FMS is composed of seven screens and three-clearance test. The seven screes are: deep squat (DS), hurdle step (HS), in-line lunge, (ILL), shoulder mobility (SM), active straight leg raise (ASLR), and trunk stability push-up (TSPU). The three-clearance tests are spinal flexion clearing test (SF), spinal extension clearance test (SE), and shoulder mobility clearance test (SMCT). For each screen an individual is given a score of zero to three, while the clearance test are pass or fail. The highest score possible is 21, receiving a score less than or equal to 14 puts an athlete at higher risk of becoming injured. Besides providing the likelihood of becoming injured, the FMS allows professionals to use each screen to identify different parts of the body that could lack in stability or mobility, which could be causing an athletes performance in a sport to not be at his or her full potential. Cheerleaders are at high risk of injury in not only the lumbar regions but for extremities, yet there has not been any studies done that have used different equipment to determine likelihood of cheerleaders

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