SFMA vs. FMS – The Differences Between The Selective Functional Movement Assessment & The Functional Movement Screen

Selective Functional

Movement Assessments

We list resources that demonstrate how SFMA and FMS are two different, but integral, components of the overall Functional Movement System.


Many clinicians confuse the Select Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) with the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). Both tools are a part of the same Functional Movement System created by Cook and colleagues, but their fundamental purposes are quite different. The SFMA is meant to be used in a diagnostic capacity, designed to identify musculoskeletal dysfunction among individuals affected by pain. Whereas the FMS is a screening tool, not intended for diagnosis. The FMS aims to identify imbalances in mobility and stability during functional movements.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Functional Movement System, here are some helpful resources:
Functional Movement Screen (FMS) – Physiopedia
Functional Reach Test (FRT) – Physiopedia
Manual Assessment of Respiratory Motion (MARM) – Physiopedia
Bath Assessment of Walking Inventory – Physiopedia
Action Research Arm Test (ARAT) – Physiopedia

If you’re looking for practitioners, instructors, or more information on the Functional Movement System in North Carolina, check out  – https://www.functionalmovement.com/