Trunk Lift

Purpose: Assess and compare posterior chain strength and anterior flexibility to healthy norms. 

Equipment: Yardstick or 12 inch rule, tape.

Procedure: Before testing allow participant to adequately stretch as well as perform moderate aerobic exercise. Consult with the participant about any past muscular problems in their back. 

  • The client lays face down position, with lower body relaxed and hands placed under or to the side of thighs. 
  • To maintain spinal alignment, instruct client to maintain focus on the floor with chin tucked. 
  • The client lifts their upper body off the floor, to a maximum height of 12 inches.
  • The measurement is the distance from the floor to the student’s chin. 
  • Two trials are allowed, with the best score recorded.
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