In-Line Lunge

In-Line Lunge Test


Before assessment, measure the height of tibia tuberosity (also height of string during Hurdle Step Test). Place two marks on a board (approximately 2 x 6 inch or 5 x 15 cm). First mark is foot's lengths plus small distance (2 inch or 5 cm) from end of board. Second mark is  length of tibia tuberosity from first mark.



Hold dowel behind back with both hands, right hand against back of neck and left hand against lower back. Bar should be positioned along spine so it makes contact with head, upper back, and buttocks.  Place right foot on board with front of foot at first mark. Step forward and place left heel at second mark. Both feet should positioned flat and pointing forward.


While maintaining upright posture with dowel maintaining contact with head, upper back, and top of buttocks, Lower body into lunge position so right knee makes contact with board behind left heel. Return body to starting position. Repeat with legs and arms in opposite positions.


Test administrator assesses subject's completion of movement using following criteria:

  • Dowel remains vertical with no torso movement
  • Dowel maintains contact with head, upper back, and top of buttocks
  • Hip of trailing leg completely extends at lowest position
  • Both feet are in-line
  • Knee touches board behind heel of front foot
  • Knees are aligned with feet
  • Balance is maintained throughout movement
Note any performance issues and record scores for both sides.


Functional Mobility (step leg)

Functional Mobility (trailing leg)


  • Dynamic and static


Score Criteria
3 As discribed
2 Compromised
1 Fail
0 Pain

If pain is felt during this movement, score 0 and refer out for orthopedic evaluation.


This test is part of Functional Movement Screening (FMS). Score of 2 or less, discontinue exercise and loads involving lunge pattern until corrected.

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