Eberhard Schloemmer is a sport scientist and official instructor for the Functional Movement Screening by Perform Better Europe. He has been involved in the education of coaches, physical therapists and doctors for the last 12 years. As a specialist in functional training and functional movement, he is responsible for finding ways to effectively integrate and apply theory into practice. He is the founder of Outdoor Circuit Movement and is a successful personal trainer, and lecturer for Perform Better Europe.
The screening for movement patterns, functional muscular diagnosis, performance testing, and sport specific testing is of central importance in the work of professional trainers, coaches, personal trainers and physic therapists. The Functional Movement Screening is a process by which strengths and weaknesses in basic movement patters are identified in an effective and efficient manner. Professional sport teams in the NBA, NHL, and in many international soccer leagues, among many others, have use the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) successfully over several years. The FMS was developed by physiotherapists Gary Cook and Lee Burton 17 year ago. Today FMS is one of the most used screening tools to detect weaknesses and potential problem areas.
The goal of the FMS is to gather as much information as possible about someone’s body with the least amount of equipment and time expenditure in order to establish a blue print. This together with the large number of techniques and training systems that have been developed to target and correct problem areas is the reason why the FMS has become the screening standard for sport, fitness and rehabilitation.
The Importance of Primitive Movement Patterns
Primitive movement patterns are often not considered to be an important part of performance enhancement and fi tness; however, the infl uence these patterns have on movement cannot be overlooked. Primitive movement patterns are used to describe those movements most humans explore during growth and development. These fundamental movements include rolling, pushing up, quadruped and crawling. It may be diffi cult to understand how movements such as crawling or rolling relate to fi tness, performance enhancement and general wellness. The simple answer is everything. The development of fundamental movement is the foundation that leads to effective functional movement. This foundation is often neglected in the approaches we take to enhance function and/or performance through exercise programming.