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Ana Ribeiro


Background: The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is comprised of seven tests to identify compensatory movement patterns that may increase injury risk and reduce performance. A modified FMS (MFMS) was created by Augsburg Athletic Trainers to improve screening efficiency and includes three original FMS tests: shoulder mobility, active straight leg raise, trunk stability pushup, and a newly added test; the vertical drop jump (VDJ), all scored on a simplified 0-2 scale. Objective: This study aimed to validate the MFMS for DIII female soccer players. Methods: Sixteen NCAA DIII soccer players and twenty non-athlete controls were recruited and completed two trials of FMS and MFMS. Reliability was calculated as Pearson Product Moment. Concurrent validity was calculated between FMS and MFMS scores, using R Statistical Software. Results: Mean age of soccer group was 21 (SD=1.37) and control 21.05 (SD=1.61). Mean FMS score for soccer group was 14.38 (SD=1.54) and control 13.35 (SD=2.39). Mean MFMS score for soccer was 5.62 (SD=0.96) and control 4.95 (SD=0.69). Soccer scores for the first MFMS trial were significantly larger than controls’ (p=0.02). FMS reliability coefficient was 0.99 and MFMS’ was 0.88. Discussion: There were moderate positive correlations between FMS and MFMS for the soccer group (r=0.51) and for controls (r=0.46), but they were not large enough to validate the MFMS. When the MFMS was rescored on the original 0-3 scale (excluding VDJ) it was valid for both groups (soccer r = 0.79, controls r= 0.83). Conclusion: The MFMS is not valid, suggesting potential issues with the new scoring system.

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injury risk, student athletes


Sports Sciences

Validation of Modified Functional Movement Screen (MFMS) in NCAA DIII Female Soccer Players