Deconstructing the FMS Deep Squat!

2 min read March 16, 2017 at 12:13pm


The Deep Squat pattern challenges total body mechanics and neuromuscular control. We use it to test bilateral, symmetrical, functional mobility and stability of the hips, knees and ankles. The dowel overhead requires bilateral symmetrical mobility and stability of the shoulders, scapular region and the thoracic spine. The pelvis and core must establish stability and control throughout the entire movement to achieve the full pattern.


While full deep squatting is not often required in modern daily life, general exercise and sport moves, active individuals still require basic components of the deep squat to perform activities of daily living such as picking things up off the ground, getting out of a chair and lifting over head.


What do I look for:

  1. Limited mobility in the upper body can be attributed to poor shoulder or spinal mobility
  2. Limited mobility in the lower extremities, including mobility of the ankles or poor flexion of the knees and hips.
  3. Poor stabilization and coordination between the upper and lower body


When and how to book you FMS?

The right time to book your movement screen was yesterday, but tomorrow will do. The functional movement screen is a proactive step to addressing movement problems and works best before you get injured, so the sooner the better!

To book a screen go to and book an appointment for Functional Movement Screening with Adam Smart, he is a RMT, FMS Level 1 Certified professional and Human Kinetics Graduate from the University of Ottawa.