Assessing Hip and Trunk Flexibility. The objective of this test is to monitor the development of the athlete's hip and trunk flexibility.
To undertake this test you will require:
Age 36 to 49
Tables adapted from Johnson B.L & Nelson J.K. Practical Measurements for Evaluation in PE 4th Ed. 1986
- 'Sit & reach' table or a bench with a ruler
How to conduct the hip and trunk flexibility test?Starting position
- Sit on the floor with the back and head against a wall, legs fully extended with the bottom of the feet against the sit-and-reach box
- Place the hands on top of each other, stretching the arms forward while keeping the head and back against the wall
- Measure the distance from the finger tips to the box edge with a ruler. This becomes zero or starting point.
- Slowly bend and reach forward as far as possible sliding the fingers along the ruler
- Hold the final position for two seconds
- Record the distance reached to the nearest 1/10 of an inch
- Repeat the test 3 times and note the best distance.
AnalysisAnalysis of the result is by comparing it with the results of previous tests. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement.
Normative data for the Hip and Trunk flexibility testAge <36
Age 36 to 49
Target groupThis test is suitable for active individuals but not for those where the test would be contraindicated.
ReliabilityReliability would depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test.
ValidityThere are published tables to relate results to potential level of flexibility and the correlation is high.
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