Real-Time Intersession and Interrater Reliability of the Functional Movement Screen


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Onate, JA, Dewey, T, Kollock, RO, Thomas, KS, Van Lunen, BL, DeMaio, M, and Ringleb, SI. Real-time intersession and interrater reliability of the functional movement screen. J Strength Cond Res 26(2): 408–415, 2012—The purpose of this study was to examine the real-time intersession and interrater reliability of the functional movement screen (FMS). The overall study consisted of 19 volunteer civilians (12 male, 7 female). The intersession reliability consisted of 12 men and 7 women, whereas 10 men and 6 women participated in the interrater reliability test session. Two raters (A and B) were involved in the interrater reliability aspect of this study. The FMS includes 7 tests: deep squat (DS), hurdle step (HS), in-line lunge (IL), shoulder mobility (SM), active straight leg raise (ASLR), trunk stability push-up (TSPU), and rotary stability (RS). Researchers analyzed the data via intraclass correlation (ICC). To determine the reliability of the intersession scoring of the FMS and the intrasession interrater scoring of the FMS a 2-way mixed effects model intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC3,1) was used for the continuous data, whereas a weighted Cohen's kappa (κ) was used for the categorical data. The dependent variables were FMS total score (0–21 scale) and associated tests were DS, HS, IL, SM, ASLR, TSPU, and RS. Intersession reliability (ICC, SEM) and κ were as follows: FMS total score (0.92, 0.51), DS (κ = 0.69), HS (κ = 0.16), IL (κ = 0.69), SM (κ = 0.84), ASLR (κ = 0.69), TSPU (κ = 0.77), and RS (no covariance). Interrater reliability (ICC, SEM) and κ were as follows: FMS total score (0.98, 0.25), DS (κ = 1.0), HS (κ = 0.33), IL (κ = 0.88), SM (κ = 0.90), ASLR (κ = 0.88), TSPU (κ = 0.75), and RS (no covariance). The FMS total scores displayed high intersession and interrater reliabilities. Finally, with the exception of HS, all tasks displayed moderate to high intersession reliability and good to high interrater reliability.

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