Can Less PFPS Pain Leads to Higher FMS Scores?

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Kendra Peterson Thomas Palmer


By Kendra Peterson, Athletic Training

Advisor: Thomas Palmer

Presentation ID: AM_B39

Abstract: Background and Purpose: Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is a common lower extremity injury that has a higher prevalence among females and in active individuals. The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is an assessment tool used to identify irregular movement patterns and asymmetries that may be indicative of increased injury risk. Many treatment approaches to PFPS include strengthening of the musculature in the lower extremity, more literature points to focusing on strengthening the hip flexors. This study aims to find corrective exercises that will increase FMS scores of female athletes to decrease the pain of PFPS. Case Description: The patients are high school female softball players. Interventions: 6-week hip strengthening exercises focusing on weaknesses and deficiencies from the three FMS movements recorded for each female. Outcomes: Discussion/Conclusion: This study describes the exercises that may improve the FMS scores and decrease pain on the knee from the literature reviewed.

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