Analysis of Preferred Footwear on Weight Bearing Scores Using the Functional Movement Screen®

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Functional screening tools are popular to help determine deficiencies in mobility or stability. The Functional Movement Screen® (FMS) is commonly used, however, the instructions fail to indicate if the participant should be shod while tested. The objective was to compare static balance and the weight bearing FMS test scores between shod and unshod conditions. Twenty-five healthy participants performed bilateral single-leg balance and the FMS in both shod and unshod conditions. Forceplate measures of center of pressure (COP) area, sway velocity, and displacement, along with the FMS composite scores, were used for analysis. Results showed no significant difference between the two conditions for FMS scores, however, significant differences between footwear conditions were found for forceplate measures. Findings suggest participants could be tested in either condition without affecting the results of the screen.

Brittany R. Crosby, Justin M. Stanek, and Daniel J. Dodd are with Illinois State University, Normal, IL. Rebecca L. Begalle is with the Athletic Training program, Daemen College, Amherst, NY. Luke Donovan, PhD, MEd, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is the report editor for this article.

Address author correspondence to Justin M. Stanek at jmstane@ilstu.edu.
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