Chapter Five: Functional Movement Systems and Movement Patterns

This summary explains the differences between the two systems, the FMS for fitness professionals and strength coaches, and the SFMA for medical professionals. You’ll get a brief look at the systems, and finish with an appreciation of primitive and higher-level movement patterns.

This article, FMS vs SFMA, provides an overview of the two systems.

Be sure to watch Kyle Kiesel’s discussion of pain and motor control, which you’ll find here in Chapter Two.


  • FMS Overview
  • SFMA Top-Tier Assessments
  • SFMA Breakouts
  • The Concept of Screening
  • Functional Movement Screen Criteria
  • The FMS Design
  • The Four Basic Filters
  • Pain Versus Discomfort during Screening
  • Scoring the FMS— Results Hierarchy

Go on to Chapter Six

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