No Relationship between Concussion History and Functional Movement Screen Performance

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Athletic Training and Sports Health Care




Healthy young adults with a history of multiple concussions appear to adopt conservative postural control strategies during instrumented balance assessments. The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a practical assessment of balance readily available to sports medicine clinicians. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between FMS performance and prior concussion history (0 to 4 concussions). Fifty-five club sports student-athletes (38 male/17 female; mean height: 1.70 ± 0.17 m; mean weight: 78.5 ± 19.9 kg; mean age: 20.0 ± 1.5 years; 60% reported prior concussion) performed the seven FMS components. A bivariate Pearson correlation was performed to compare the relationship between concussion history and composite and component FMS scores. There were no significant relationships between concussion history and either the composite (r = 0.131, P = .34) or any of the component (P > .05) scores. These results suggest that the FMS was not an effective screening tool to identify these deficits if postural control impairments were present.