The Functional Movement Screen (FMS TM) in elite young soccer players between 14 and 20 years: composite score, individual-test scores and asymmetries

Marques, Vanessa Bernardes, Medeiros, Thales Menezes, Stigger, Felipe de Souza, Nakamura, Fabio Yuzo, and Baroni, Bruno Manfredini (2017) The Functional Movement Screen (FMS TM) in elite young soccer players between 14 and 20 years: composite score, individual-test scores and asymmetries. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 12 (6). pp. 977-985.

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Background: The Functional Movement Screen (FMS (TM)) is a widely used seven-test battery used by practitioners working in sport medicine. The FMS (TM) composite score (sum of seven tests) in soccer athletes from different competitive levels has been well explored in literature, but the specific movement deficits presented by young high competitive level players remains unclear.

Purpose: The aim of the present study was to provide a detailed description of the performance of elite young soccer players (age 14-20 years) on the FMS (TM) testing battery.

Study design: Cross-sectional observational study.

Methods: One-hundred and three young soccer players (14-20 years) from a premier league club were assessed by two experienced raters using the FMS (TM) testing battery. FMS (TM) composite score, individual-test scores and asymmetries were considered for analysis, and comparisons between age categories were performed.

Results: FMS (TM) composite scores ranged from 9 to 16 points (median = 13 points). 82% of the athletes had a composite score = 14 points, and 91% were classified into the "Fail" group (score 0 or 1 in at least one test). Almost half of athletes (48%) had poor performance (i.e., individual score < 2) in "deep squat" test. Most of athletes in the younger categories (under-15 and under-16) had poor performance in the "trunk stability push-up" test (70%) and in the "rotary stability" test (74%). Asymmetry in at least one of five unilateral FMS (TM) tests was found in 65% of athletes.

Conclusion: High-performance young soccer players have important functional deficits, especially in tasks involving deep squat and trunk stability, as well as high prevalence of asymmetry between right and left body side.

Item ID: 52740
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2159-2896
Keywords: athletic performance, FMS (TM), human movement, injury prevention, movement system, soccer
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2018 07:38
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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