Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Dr. Mikaela Drake


The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a physical assessment made up of seven fundamental movements which are designed to evaluate an individual’s functional movement patterns. The seven subtests target mobility and stability to identify limitations or asymmetries in normal movement (O’Conner et al., 2011). It is suspected that individuals who continue to use substandard movements during training are more susceptible to musculoskeletal injury (Chorba et al., 2010). In this study, FMS data from Butler University’s Division I men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and cross-country teams were analyzed to investigate potential correlation with injury prevalence, sports team, and gender. Research from the past 15 years has assessed the use of FMS data as a tool to predict sports related injury along with other variables. Since injury can be both physically and mentally detrimental for student athletes, it would be ideal to avoid it. This would allow athletic trainers to target areas of weakness specific to each sport and incorporate corrective movements into strength training to improve mobility and stability. This study includes secondary data analysis from Butler University’s athletic department. Butler University’s athletic department and the Institutional Review Board approved the release of de-identified data for 122 student athlete participants including their FMS score, injury prior to FMS testing, injury following FMS testing, sports team, and gender. The data from 65 males and 57 females was then compiled and analyzed using IBM SPSS Statistics Software. In summary, this study found a positive small correlation between Total FMS Scores for Butler University Division I student athletes (men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and cross-country teams), and the number of musculoskeletal injuries reported from athletics. The study consisted of 65 male and 57 female student athletes, where on average male student athletes scored higher on FMS testing than female student athletes. Lastly, it was found that there was no difference between the average number of athletic related musculoskeletal injuries between the two genders.