The Reliability of Functional Movement Screen Scores Assigned by Athletic Trainers

in International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training
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Context:

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) consists of a battery of seven tests that are widely used to systematically evaluate movement.

Objective:

To evaluate the interrater agreement and intrarater reliability of FMS scores assigned by athletic trainers who reviewed video recordings of the movements.

Design:

Interrater agreement and test–retest intrarater reliability.

Setting:

Laboratory.

Subjects:

Eight athletic trainers rated the movements of 15 college-aged participants.

Measurements:

Component and composite FMS scores.

Results:

Median values for interrater agreement (0.90) and intrarater reliability (0.88) of the FMS composite score were acceptable. With the exception of the rotary stability test, all of the component scores demonstrated acceptable values for scoring consistency (> 0.80).

Conclusions:

Both component and composite FMS scores assigned by athletic trainers were highly consistent, both in terms of scores assigned by different raters and scores assigned by the same raters on two different occasions.

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