Date of Award

Fall 9-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Dr. Kathryn Tessmer

Second Advisor

Dr. Robyne Elder

Third Advisor

Dr. Kevin Winslow


Since the introduction of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), researchers explored how resulting scores related to injury incidence, often by utilizing the sum score of all seven patterns. This study isolated the shoulder mobility screen and upper body injury incidence for collegiate Division II football athletes at a private Midwestern university. The researcher was interested in determining if pain on the screen indicated by a score of 0, too much or too little mobility, left to right asymmetry, and general score of the screen were related to upper body and/or shoulder injuries for football athletes during the 2014- 2015 and 2015-2016 academic years. Injuries were classified as all reported and recorded and as injuries resulting in three or more days lost from practices or games. Additionally, the head football strength and conditioning coaches and head football athletic trainer were interviewed to provide information related to perceptions of effectiveness of the FMS in identification of injury and barriers to implementation of FMS results. Many significant conditions were identified in the 2014-2015 cohort related to shoulder mobility score and injury likelihood, while only one condition was identified in the 2015-2016 cohort. This lack of transferability from one academic year to the next, in conjunction with the limitations of time and resources identified by the strength and conditioning and athletic training staff, led the researcher to express concern in the utilization of the FMS shoulder mobility screen as a consistent primary tool in the identification of potential injury of the upper body and prescription of individual corrective exercise for this population.


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