Movement Assessments (ACE): Bend and Lift

Purpose: Detect observable muscular deviations related to overactive and under-active skeletal muscle.

Equipment: (2) Dowels or 25 lbs dumbbells


  • Begin by instructing the participant to stand with feet shoulder width apart and arms at their waist in a neutral position.
  • The dowels should be placed on the floor just to the outside and parallel with each their feet.
  • Instruct the subject to hinge at the hip, and while keeping posture, squat towards the ground and grasp both dowels. Have the participant maintain position for a two-count before returning to a standing position in order to accurately observe each checkpoint. 
  • Repeat as many times in order to fully observe and record each checkpoint.
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