FMS Inline Lunge Movement Pattern

What is an Inline Lunge? Why do we assess this movement pattern? How does this relate to the quality of our functional daily movements?

The Inline Lunge Screen places the lower extremities in an inline split-stance position while the upper extremities are in a complimentary reciprocal pattern. This replicates the natural counterbalance the upper and lower extremities use to complement each other (such as during walking) and it uniquely demands spinal stabilization. This test also challenges hip, knee, ankle, foot mobility AND stability, while simultaneously challenging flexibility of multiarticular muscles (involving more than one joint) like the latissimus dorsi and rectus femoris.

Continuing our Functional Movement Screen (FMS) series, today we’ll cover the Inline Lunge. This marks the third of seven movement screens used as part of a scoring system to determine a body’s readiness to engage in higher level physical activities in the weight room and on the field. The FMS screen is NOT a training tool or exercise guide. It is comprised of movement patterns that require mobility and stability. These movements were specifically designed to place clients in positions where weaknesses, imbalances, asymmetries and limitations become noticeable by a trained fitness professional.

In this video Julie demonstrates the Inline Lunge Screen. Based on our observation, we score the individual on a scale of 0-3. A perfect score of 3 requires that the dowel remain in a vertical position with all three points of contact: back of the head, upper back, and tailbone. We should see minimal to no torso movement. The dowel and feet remain aligned in the sagittal plane. The back knee touches the center of the board and the front foot remains in the start position. Each side is scored individually based on the leg that is forward.

If you are interested in learning more about your body’s mobility and stability, schedule a Functional Movement Screen with one of our trained, certified professionals.