FMS - A Common Sense Approach to Evaluating Movement
FMS - A Common Sense Approach to Evaluating Movement

A Common Sense Approach to Evaluating Movement

A Common Sense Approach to Evaluating Movement is a one hour introduction to a new way of looking at movement through the lens of function. By dividing movement into four distinct levels and discussing the specific factors valuable to evaluating movement at each level, we learn how we’ve often looked at movement, and our attempts to improve it, from the wrong perspectives.

The course uses the natural developmental sequence to delineate the four levels of movement as Health, Function, Fitness and Skill and asks the basic question? Are you investing your attention at the proper level?

This course is an overview of the movement philosophy and principles that drive Functional Movement Systems. It also serves as a primer on the Systems themselves (SFMA, FMS, FCS), providing information on appropriate use from both the client/patient point of view as well as that of the movement professional.  

A Common Sense Approach to Evaluating Movement also prepares you for the information that follows in A Common Sense Approach to Correcting Movement, which expands on the importance of screening and in the selection and application of corrective exercises.

A Common Sense Approach to Evaluating Movement Course Objectives

  1. Define and describe functional movement from a developmental viewpoint.
  2. Differentiate the levels of movement behavior: Health/Function/Fitness/Skill.
  3. Provide basis to question the lack of a movement “vital signs.”
  4. Understand the differences between parts-based and pattern-based assessments and screens.
  5. Apply the Three Principles to movement/client movement management decisions.
  6. Understand the differences in application and goal of the Selective Functional Movement Assessment, the Functional Movement Screen and the Fundamental Capacity Screen.
  7. Learn the functional movement behaviors represented within the patterns of the Functional Movement Screen.
  8. Learn the physical capacities measured in the Fundamental Capacity Screen.
  9. Comprehend the development-based hierarchy of movement patterns that drives the assessments and screens developed by Functional Movement Systems.
  10. Value pain as a dividing line between movement function and movement health.

Bio of the presenter: 

Gray Cook is practicing physical therapist, an orthopedic certified specialist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and an RKC kettlebell instructor. He is the founder of Functional Movement Systems, a company that promotes the concept of movement pattern screening and assessment. His work and ideas are at the forefront of fitness, conditioning, injury prevention and rehabilitation. You’ll find him lecturing on these topics several weekends each month, worldwide. Gray received his graduate physical therapy education at the University of Miami School of Medicine with a research focus on orthopedics and sports rehabilitation.

Viewpoints presented in this course reflect opinions of the presenter and FMS and do not reflect positions or policies of ACSM.


This course includes a series of online videos from an ACSM Industry Partner and a corresponding online quiz.

All course content will be presented to you electronically upon completion of your purchase. This includes all videos, quizzes, and certificates (certificates awarded upon successful completion of the quizzes).

No substitutions will be allowed for this CEC course.

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