FMS UK in collaboration with FMS have developed the Movement Patterns programme. The programme is a movement education – assessment – reporting and remediation software system for schools and sports associations.

The programme is not about competition or elite sport – it's about everyone – a tool to identify poorly developed or maintained movement patterns that potentially make gross motor skills or specific sports skills difficult.

We retrain the body and importantly the brain to improve movement efficiency to re-establish sound movement patterns……movement patterns for life.


The Functional Movement Screen was initially developed to rate and rank movement patterns in high school athletes, in an effort to determine who was ready to engage in higher-level sports activities. However, during the two-year refining process, we discovered uses well beyond the original intended purpose, the information gathered from its use has broadened our scope of corrective exercise, training and rehabilitation.

The FMS is comprised of seven movement tests that require a balance of mobility and stability. The patterns used provide observable performance of basic, mobility and stability movements by placing clients in positions where weaknesses, imbalances, asymmetries and limitations become noticeable by a trained health and fitness professional.

The screen is not a training tool, nor is it a competition tool. It's purely an instrument for rating and ranking movements. The screen's usefulness is its simplicity, practicality and ability to fill a void in the toolbox we use to judge performance and durability.


As an integral part of Functional Movement Systems, the Y Balance Test is a thoroughly researched, yet easy way to test a client's motor control as well as demonstrate functional symmetry.

The Functional Movement Screen separates movement patterns. The Y Balance Test brings all the patterns back together in tri-planar movement. In the Y Balance Test, mobility and stability within multiple planes of movement are challenged.

The movements of the Y Balance Test require range of motion, strength, stability and coordination in multiple joints. Any one or a combination of multiple deficits can cause a failure of the test.

The Y Balance Test is the precise gauge that can measure the severity of motor control deficit found with the Functional Movement Screen. Thus both complement each other perfectly and are most powerful used in combination


If you expressed the ideal progression of human movement in a single diagram, it would probably look something like a pyramid. The pyramid is constructed of three rectangular blocks of diminishing size.

The platform or foundation block represent movement competency – the ability to move through fundamental patterns.

The middle section represents performance capacity – once your ability to move is established we must look at your movement ability – your capacity.

The top of our pyramid is your sports specific skills – these involve a number of assessments of an athlete's ability in a given activity or position within a sport – movement skill.

Evaluation of movement competency is covered by the FMS – Movement skill by sport specific statistical evaluation but how do we measure accurately athletic performance and capacity.

Enter the Fundamental Capacity Screen (FCS).

The FCS transitions between movement competency and specific skills development – allowing you to identify pattern problems, capacity problems and skill-based problems and address them individually through targeted programming decisions.


The presence of inefficiency breathing affects overall health and musculoskeletal system performance. It contributes to many symptoms and functional disturbances, including those affecting the musculoskeletal system.

It can contribute to decreased pain thresholds, impaired motor control and balance, and subsequent movement inefficiency. Each of these impairments adversely affects performance in fitness and rehabilitation.

Due to the complex and multi-dimensional nature of inefficient breathing, no single test or screening tool can reliably stand alone to identify the client or patient with inefficient breathing. Proper evaluation of breathing needs to be comprehensive and consider all 3 key dimensions and consider causes and contributing factors.

This course is designed for the education and coaching professionals to provide the background and details that support functional breathing.