Date of Award

January 2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Kinesiology & Public Health Education

First Advisor

Jesse Rhoades


Introduction: Injury has been seen to have many factors and mechanisms during each individual sport. The functional movement screening (FMS) is a tool that allows for an individual mobility and stability in a fundamentally dynamic movement patterns to show limitations and asymmetries in movement performance based of a seven functional movement patterns and three clearing screens. Researchers have found some evidence that show scoring less than 14 may be related to increase injury. Research Question: Does FMS provide a systematic tool to monitor progress and movement pattern development that identify individuals injury throughout a season? Method: Study design is descriptive research. Obtaining FMS scores prior to the start of the season and assessing the relationship of injury in the athletes. University of North Dakota Athlete (n=84) was recruited during the fall season. The descriptive statistics and correlation data (Pearson’s or Spearman rho) was used in this study. Results of correlation data: Football- FMS lower and U1noncontact (r = .27, p = 0.053) soccer- TScore and L1 contact (r = 0.569, p = 0.34), FMS lower body score and L1contact (r = 0.6, p= .021), FMS lower and L2contact (r = -0.5, p = 0.059), FMS upper body score and L1 Noncontact (-0.547, p = 0.043), tennis – no significance; the Chi-Squared analysis did not produce any significant differences when TSscore was binned at 14 or when FMS upper and lower were binned at their midpoints. Conclusion: The FMS is not specific to injury mechanisms and the multiple injury mechanisms that are possible in all different sports. The results from our study do not support the use of the FMS as a screening tool for injuries in colligate athletes participating in football, soccer and tennis. Mechanisms for injury should be used to develop an approach of a correct prevention programs throughout a college sports program. The key component to the expanding understanding of the traditional biomechanical approach to prevent injury in these athletes is continue to better are assessment tool.