Title

The functional movement screen as a predictor of police occupational task performance

Date of this Version

10-25-2015

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

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Bock, C., Stierli, M., Hinton, B., & Orr, R. (2015, in press). The functional movement screen as a predictor of police occupational task performance. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies.

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Abstract

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 (

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.

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