Hurdle Step

ExRx.net > Testing > Assessments > Test

Pre-measurement

Before assessment, test administrator adjusts hurdle to height of subjects tibial tuberosity.

Instructions

Preparation

Stand with toes directly under hurdle and feet together. Place light bar on back of shoulders and hold bar in position to each side.

Execution

Slowly step over hurdle. Touch heel to floor while keeping weight on extended supporting leg. Slowly return to starting position

Measurement

In addition to above instructions, test administrator assesses subject's completion of movement using following criteria:
  • Ankle, knee and hip remain aligned in sagittal plane
  • Lumbar spine movement is minimal
  • Bar remains parallel to hurdle
  • Foot does not contact hurdle
  • Balance is maintained throughout movement

Test administrator should note any performance issues.

Comments

Allow up to 3 trials on each leg. A jump rope pulled between step risers (as pictured) or tied onto verticals can substitute for hurdle.

Hurdle Step Test

Assesses

Functional Mobility (step leg)

  • Hip Flexion
    • Foot is not raise up high enough to clear hurdle
    • Hip rotates outward in attempt clear hurdle
  • Knee Flexion
    • Foot travels upward and hits underside of hurdle
  • Ankle Dorsal Flexion
    • Foot does not raise to clear hurdle
      • when ankle is higher than hurdle

Functional Mobility (stance leg)

Dynamic Stability (stance leg)

  • Ankle, Knee, Hip
  • Pelvic stabilizers
    • Anterior pelvic rotation

Balance

  • Requires dynamic stability

Main Menu | Flexibility and Functional Assessments | Fitness Testing Titles