By: Gray Cook, Stuart McGill & Craig Liebenson
This live-event video took place in early 2014 at Stanford University, where Craig Liebenson moderated a day-long conversation between Gray Cook, the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) creator, and Stuart McGill, a back pain expert and researcher who has reviewed the current science covering the FMS and related movement screen research.
5 hours 40 minutes
Live lecture video
Presentation slide PDFs
PDFs of the video transcripts
MP3 audio files of the lectures
Post-event reflections & research material
The day begins with a 60-minute overview by Gray Cook, who outlines his thinking behind movement screening, the intent of the FMS, and the incorrect assumptions people make about it. He touches on how he uses the FMS, what he expects to learn from a screen, and what he doesn't expect it to do.
In the second session, Stuart McGill begins by describing and dissecting some of the research involving the FMS. He develops some of the areas of agreement and disagreement between his research review and the popular opinions about the FMS.
Disc 3 begins with Gray's response to Stuart's first lecture, and includes his hopes of what the attendees might get from the day. Stuart then takes over to describe how his assessments might progress, what he's seen in his research, and how he might use the results of his assessments to design an athlete's program.
The afternoon begins with a brief demonstration of the FMS done by Kyle Kiesel while Gray adds commentary to explain what the viewers are watching. He then spends 10 minutes reviewing the resulting scores and describing what the scores tell him. Stuart takes over for the rest of the session to show a few of the assessments he uses for athletes, clients and patients.
Here Craig Liebenson discusses some of this history of human movement in medicine and patient care. He begins with an overview of how medicine has progressed over the recent years, and his hopes for the future as more and more clinicians understand the brain's role in both movement and in pain.
There were multiple Q&A sessions throughout the day. Those audience-directed segments were collected into a single disc, Disc 6, which opens with a recap of the day as presented by Craig Liebenson and wraps up with closing remarks from Stuart McGill and Gray Cook.