Trunk Flexion Test

You can use the trunk flexion test to assess the flexibility of the lower back and hamstrings. Regularly stretching this area is crucial for athletes.

The trunk is an area crucial for athletes as part of the core, it is implicated in almost all movement, and lack of flexibility here can impair performance and lead to injury. Regularly stretching this area is crucial for athletes.

What's The Point?

The point of the trunk flexion test is to monitor the development of the lower back and hamstring flexibility.

What Do You Need?

  • A non-slip surface
  • A yardstick
  • An assistant

How Do You Do The Test?

  • Remove shoes
  • Sit on the floor with your legs out straight, feet 12 inches apart
  • Place a yardstick between your legs, with the 15-inch mark level with your feet the zero inch mark should be close to your knees
  • Place one hand on top of the other, finger tips aligned
  • Exhale and slowly lean forward, sliding your fingers along the yardstick as far as possible
  • Repeat three times
  • Assistant records best measurement

What Results You'll See

There is no normative data for this test, so results are comparative over time by comparing the results with previous tests you will be able to assess the effectiveness of your flexibility work.

What's Being Measured Again?

This is a good way to assess low back and hamstring flexibility.

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