Awareness About FMST- A Pre-Seasonal Screening Protocol among the Physiotherapists and the Coaches of South Indian Professional Soccer Teams/Clubs- A Cross-Sectional Study
Keywords:Functional Movement Screen, Soccer, Injury Risk, Athletic Performance
Background: The Functional Movement ScreenTM (FMSTM) is a screening instrument that tests specific
fundamental patterns of movement to assess possible risk of injury. The aim of the study was to find the
awareness about FMST as a pre-seasonal screening protocol among the physiotherapists and the coaches of
south Indian professional soccer teams/clubs.
Material and method: This is a cross sectional study conducted for duration of 6 months among the
physiotherapists and coaches of the professional soccer team or clubs across south India. Study included 29
licensed coaches and chartered physiotherapists of senior rank (above 19 yr players) professional are teams
or clubs after obtaining the informed consent.
Results: A total of 29 physiotherapist/coaches participated in this study out of which 20(69%) responded.
Half of the participants were aware about the FMST as a pre seasonal screening protocol. All the participants
had responded the questionnaire which was sent them via mail. 50% of the participants were aware about
the FMST protocol and rest had no clue of it, among them 20% were following the FMST protocol. 42.9%
responded that using FMST will benefit by reducing the injuries in players.
Conclusion: FMST’s level of awareness among physiotherapists and South Indian professional soccer teams
/ clubs coaches is inadequate and more awareness programs should be conducted to raise awareness of the
value of FMST in soccer as a pre-seasonal screening protocol.