Sit and Reach

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

Equipment: Yardstick and 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 participant must sit without shoes and heels need to bisect the yardstick. The heels should not pass the 15 inch segment that is taped off. 
  • Hands are placed on top of each other straight out in front of the subject.  
  • He or she slowly reaches forward touching the yardstick holding for two seconds. 
  • The better of two trials performed is recorded.
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