- Before assessment, test administrator adjusts hurdle to height
of subject's tibial tuberosity.
- Stand with toes directly under hurdle and feet together.
Place light bar on back of shoulders and hold bar in position
to each side.
- Slowly step over hurdle. Touch heel to floor while keeping
weight on extended supporting leg. Slowly return to starting
- 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.
- Allow up to 3 trials on each leg. A jump rope pulled between
step risers (as pictured) or tied onto verticals can substitute
Functional Mobility (step leg)
- Hip Flexion
- Foot is not raise up high enough to clear hurdle
- Hip rotates outward in attempt to clear hurdle
- Foot travels upward and hits underside of hurdle
- 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
- when other leg is raised or is extended across hurdle
- accompanied by compensatory lumbar spinal hyperextension
- may indicate weak pelvic stabilizers
- Requires dynamic stability