The Functional Movement Screen as a predictor of police recruit occupational task performance

Claire Bock, Michael Stierli, Benjamin Hinton, Robin Orr

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AIM: The aim of this study was to determine whether poor movement patterns impact on police recruit task performance.

METHODS: Fifty-three volunteers were randomly selected from a pool of 173 police recruits attending basic recruit training. Relationships between movement performance, as measured by the Functional Movement Screen, and four occupational tasks were investigated.

RESULTS: Eleven percent failed the marksmanship and baton strike assessments, 21% failed defensive tactics and 36% failed the tactical options assessment. Mean Functional Movement Screen score was 13.96 points (±1.99 points). Only the tactical options assessment approached a significant difference (p = 0.077) between pass/fail recruits. When Functional Movement Screen scores when graded as pass (14+) or fail (<14) again only the tactical options assessment approached significance (p = 0.057).

CONCLUSION: The results of this study suggest that a relationship between an officer's movement patterns and occupational performance, most notably choice of tactical options, may exist.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-315
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


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