The Functional Movement Screen (FMS), invented in 1995, has been adopted among Division One sports programs across the country. Being a women’s soccer player at the University of Central Florida (UCF), this particular topic had been of interest for years. The FMS is a series of seven tests evaluated at the beginning and end of each season. The UCF team's preventative rehabilitation was based upon the measurements from the FMS testing. The team engaged in preventative rehabilitation three times a week. Each year of my membership, the team of 28 to 30 players had no less than two anterior cruciate ligament tears each season. This research explored the effectiveness of the Functional Movement Screening, and its' predictive ability regarding injury to possibly prevent future injuries. The purpose of this study was to review literature of multiple studies exploring the Functional Movement Screen, the anterior cruciate ligament, and, specifically, the recent spike in women's collegiate soccer injuries. This study also examined and included findings from five years of FMS scoring data from the UCF women's soccer team. The study consisted of 43 participants, 29 in the control group and 14 in the test group (those who suffered and ACL tear). They were females, ages 18-23, and of fit manner. Multivariate analysis, independent and dependent T-Tests, and Leven's test ran these data. This study also investigated the reliability of the Functional Movement Screen and analyzed data about anterior cruciate ligament injuries among women’s collegiate soccer players. Recommendations for future protocols and implications for coaches, trainers, and women soccer players are provided.

Thesis Completion




Thesis Chair/Advisor

Fisher, Thomas J.


Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


College of Education and Human Performance


Human Performance

Degree Program

Sports and Exercise Science


Orlando (Main) Campus



Access Status

Open Access

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