Functional Movement Screening: An Important Tool for Female Athletes

Lynda B. Ransdell, Teena Murray

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Abstract

COMPARED WITH MALE ATHLETES, FEMALE ATHLETES INCUR MORE NONCONTACT INJURIES. FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREENING (FMS) IDENTIFIES MOVEMENT ASYMMETRIES OR DEFICIENCIES THAT MAY PREDISPOSE ATHLETES TO INJURY. IN THIS ARTICLE, THE PROS AND CONS OF FMS AND POTENTIAL SEX DIFFERENCES IN SCORING ARE DISCUSSED. STRATEGIES THAT STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES CAN IMPLEMENT TO LESSEN INJURY RATES AND IMPROVE COMPETITIVE READINESS IN FEMALE ATHLETES ARE ALSO OFFERED. INJURY PREVENTION STRATEGIES PROPOSED INCLUDE: (A) UNDERSTANDING TOP PREDICTORS OF INJURIES, (B) ADOPTING RELIABLE SCREENING TOOLS, AND (C) CREATING STRATIFIED RISK MANAGEMENT PROFILES WITH ACCOMPANYING CORRECTIVE STRATEGIES.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-48
Number of pages9
JournalStrength and Conditioning Journal
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

Keywords

  • biomechanics
  • injury prevention
  • mobility
  • preparticipation screen
  • stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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