Functional Movement Screening: A study on National Level Judo Players of Pakistan

  • Ali Raza PhD Scholar, Capital University of Physical Education and Sports Beijing, China
  • Yasmeen Tabassum PhD Scholar, University of the Punjab, 54590-Lahore, Pakistan
  • Wu Hao Professor, Capital University of Physical Education and Sports Beijing, CHINA
Keywords: Judo, Functional Assessment, FMS (Functional Movement Screening), Stability, Flexibility


Background: Functional Movement Screening (FMS) is a tool to screen the musculoskeletal factors of injury or dysfunctionality patterns in sports. The establishment of functional movement screening (FMS) has built a bridge between physiotherapy, rehabilitation, and physical training, to realize the integration of multiple disciplines. This study tends to investigate musculoskeletal risk factors through the FMS of Judo players in Pakistan. Method: A total of 10 national-level athletes were selected who had been national-level competitors in Pakistan. Different movement patterns/drills prescribed by FMS were performed by them under a secure environment. These movement patterns were designed to provide observable performance of basic locomotor, scheming, and stabilizing movements by putting a person in severe positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable if proper movement and motor control are not utilized。FMS score sheet was used for marking along with total scores of all drills. Conclusion: Results showed that the majority of the Judo athletes were found under standardized grading out of whom only three players were able to get marked above 16 out of 21. Athletes were unaware of FMS and the majority of athletes failed to perform FMS drills which caused them problems in their balance, flexibility, and agility.


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