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Fox Therapist Completes FMS Certification

NORTHFIELD, NJ -- Ryan Buccafurni, DPT, a therapist at Fox Outpatient Rehabilitation in Northfield, has completed a certification in Functional Movement Systems. Professional sports organizations use FMS to identify athletes at risk of injury and prevent injuries before they occur. FMS is also used to help determine the most beneficial exercises to return athletes to peak performance.

"The FMS designation is considered very desirable among orthopedic physicians and sports medicine physicians," said Buccafurni. "We've wanted for a long time to be able to offer FMS to athletes and others in Atlantic County."

Buccafurni's goal is to bring FMS to all high school athletes to help reduce injury risk and improve performance.

FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, FMS identifies functional limitations and asymmetries, and creates a baseline to mark progress in therapy. FMS quickly identifies dangerous movement patterns, giving the therapist information needed to fix impairments before they become a serious problem.

"[FMS is] an outstanding screening tool that allows us to find critical muscle weaknesses and imbalances that often lead to common injuries in our athletes," said sports medicine physician Brian Sokalsky, DO. "This provides the opportunity to correct them early, keeping our athletes on the playing field instead of in the training room."

Fox Rehabilitation is a private practice of full-time physical, occupational, and speech therapists, including outpatient clinics, post-acute care, and pediatric centers within home therapy. Fox employs more than 700 clinicians serving nine states. Visit

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