Investigation of the Relationship between Postural Analysis and Functional Movement Scores

Faculty Sponsor

Brooke Starkoff


Arts and Sciences


Exercise Science

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-28-2022



Understanding the relationship between posture and functional movement is indistinct whether one’s posture limits their functional mobility or if it is vice versa. The purpose of this study was to determine a relationship between functional movement screen and posture. Eleven division one male skill football players completed a postural analysis and functional movement screen. Skill positions in football include wide receivers, quarterbacks, defensive backs, running backs, linebackers, and tight end. Each participant was photographed in the anterior view, posterior view, and lateral view. They then completed the seven movements of the FMS. Analyses were done to identify a correlation between the two variables. A low correlation (r=0.24 posterior/FMS, r=0.075 lateral/FMS) was found showing little to no correlation between posture and FMS. Results of this study indicate there is a no significant relationship between functional movement and posture. The FMS is a strong indicator of how well one can perform the screening, there may be better assessments that can identify individual deficiencies in joint range of motion.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Graduating this spring with a degree in exercise science and a minor in human biology. I plan to pursue a career in sports performance. I have five months of experience in the private sector and eight months in a collegiate strength & conditioning department. Learning how the body moves and how to properly move it has been in interest I have taken up that I will implement into my programming in the future.

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