Movement Assessments (NASM): Overhead Squat Assessment

Purpose: Detect observable muscular deviations related to overactive and underactive skeletal muscle. 

Equipment: None.  Reference photos are available on TrainerMetrics.


  • Participant begins assessment screen with feet shoulder width apart and arms fully extended bisecting ears, (shoes off and eyes closed is optional).  
  • He or she then begins to flex knees and hips so their body moves into a squat like motion with arms remaining overhead.  
  • It is most effective for the practitioner instruct the participant to allow 4 seconds for both phases of the squat. 
  • Continue having the participant squat until the anterior, lateral, and posterior views have been assessed.
  • Mark checkpoints that are deviated along the kinetic chain. 
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