Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Barbara Long

Degree Award Date

Fall 2000


Functional Movement Screen, score, women athletes, non-contact injury, rate, Pearson Two-tailed Correlation Test, ANOVA


Physical Therapy | Sports Sciences


The purpose of this experiment is to detennine if an athletes' score on the Functional Movement Screen could be correlated with the athletes' rate of non-contact injury. The Functional Movement Screen is a screening tool developed by the Athletic Training Testing Service. It involves seven functional tests: Deep Squat, Hurdle Step, In-line Lunge, Shoulder Mobility, Active Straight Leg Raise, Trunk Stability Push-up, and Rotational Stability. Each athlete is scored on each test with a O to 3 grade. An athlete receives a three if all criteria are met, a two is given if the task is accomplished but with compensation, a one is given if the task is not accomplished even with compensation. A zero is given if pain is present during any part of the screen. The total score is the addition of the seven individual scores.

Seventy-two female athletes were tested from Bridgewater College. Their rate of injury was determined by the number of treatment sessions one attended and also by the number of practices/games missed. The Pearson Two-tailed Correlation Test was used along with ANOV A. These tests concluded that there was no significance between an athlete's score on the Functional Movement Screen and their rate of non-contact injury. The range of scores was 11-16. The maximum score on the seven tests is 21. A score of 11 is considered very low. All subjects scored in a low range and thus possibly preventing significant correlation. One could implement a program, which would strengthen athletes' mobility and stability, and then retest the athletes and compare the scores.

Stability and mobility, biomechanics, balance, and coordination and their relationship to the Functional Movement Screen will also be discussed.