Athletic Movement Screen™
for Children

With an increased emphasis on competitive success at younger ages in youth sports, pressure exists for children to begin training with greater frequency and intensity than in the past. This emphasis on year-round training and competition increases the probability for overuse injuries to develop.

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You may want your kids to play sports, dance or do gymnastics. But are you concerned about them getting hurt? Recent research suggests that as many as four in ten emergency room visits for children between 5 and 14 years old are for sports-related injuries.

Children playing sports with unknown movement dysfunctions will increase their risk for injury. Why? Movement dysfunctions are cumulative and by the time they are recognized the injury has already occurred.

Instead of moving well, the child will compensate around their movement dysfunctions until the body can no longer maintain its compensation factors. Hundreds, if not thousands of children today are performing high-level activities even though they are inefficient in their basic fundamental movements. Predictors to injuries first start with any previous injury, then overly repetitive movement (playing just one sport); noticeable flexibility/mobility differences between one side of the body to the other or what is known as asymmetries; as well as varying factors like peer pressure to compete at a level that the child isn’t prepared for or exceeding the child’s training potential.

Not knowing that your child has movement restrictions or imbalances could result in decreased performance and skill, especially if your child is competing at a high level, or they are attempting to get a scholarship.

To identify movement dysfunctions, the Wellness Movement Center employs a multifaceted approach by first assessing the child’s posture, observing and videotaping their movements using The Functional Movement Screen, and then assessing core function.

Functional Movement Screen for Children

The FMS is a valuable tool in discovering imbalances between the right and left side of the body. These imbalances also known as asymmetries could increase the risk factor for injury.

Put simply, the FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries.
The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.

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(for ages 8 to 17)

Includes: Postural Analysis, Static and Dynamic Core Function Tests, the FMS, and Strength Capacity Tests.

A post screening consultation to review the final score and results with recommendations for corrective exercise is also included.

In the event pain is presented during the screening process the athlete will be referred out to a practitioner in WMC’s Integrated Holistic Healthcare Network or to the athletes primary care physician for further evaluation.

WMC provides exercise rehabilitation services and will work in conjunction with your practitioner.

Price $275

Ask about WMC’s special discounts for children between the ages 8 to 18 years of age.


Exercise professionals monitor the FMS score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.

The FMS was developed by Gray Cook, MPT, is one of the world’s most respected injury-prevention specialists. According to Cook, the primary cause of athletic injuries is neither weakness nor tightness, but rather muscle imbalance.

The first step towards injury prevention is to perform a postural analysis, static and dynamic core function tests and then to screen movement. Having postural landmarks to work from provides relevant information to the child’s basic structural position. Testing both static and dynamic core function, along with the FMS provides key information in relationship to the child’s motor control.

This is the process by which humans and animals use their brain/cognition to activate and coordinate the muscles and limbs involved in the performance of a motor skill.

Wellness Movement Center employs its own integrated assessment/screening protocol developed exclusively for young athletes, which we have used since 2010 with great success.

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