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Agility T-test assessment Feb 17, 2018

The agility T-Test is a test that is commonly used to assess an athletes/individuals to move forwards, backwards and side to side. It is performed on a safe and consistent surface to ensure that test-retest reliability is high. Besides testing an individual's ability to move in all directions as...

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Strength Testing with Hip Abduction Holds/Raises assessment Feb 17, 2018

Hip abduction is a movement where our leg moves away from the midline of body or the opposing leg, this movement is produced by our Gluteal muscles (Maximus, Medius and Minimus).

This movement is extremely important in a sporting or dynamic context as knee adduction “associated with...

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Strength Testing with Hip Adduction Holds/Raises assessment Feb 17, 2018

Hip Adduction is the movement of where we bring our leg closer to the midline of the body or closer to the other leg. It is largely performed by our adductor group (adductor magnus, longus and brevis). Hip adductor weakness has been related to pain in through the groin in sports that require...

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Enhance Your Spinal Assessment With The MAT assessment Feb 16, 2018

Our spine is made up of 3 sections (Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar vertebrae) with the sacrum and coccyx forming part of the tailbone. Each area is individualised in the way it moves, for example, the Lumbars prefer to flex and Extend, whereas the Thoracics prefer to rotate.

Each segment...

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Strength Testing With Hip Extension Raises assessment Feb 15, 2018

 The single leg hip extension (also commonly referred to as a hip thruster) exercise is performed with the foot placed on a bench/chair. The role of this exercise it to emphasis the use of our Gluteus Maximus “Gluteal muscle in the human body is one of the largest and strongest...

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Strength Testing with the Single Leg Wall Hold Test assessment Feb 15, 2018

A single leg wall hold is a functional performance test that looks at the capacity of our knee’s to bear load as well as the strength of the surrounding musculature (quadriceps/hamstrings/glutes).

They are very similar to a single leg squat but the main difference is that you’re...

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Strength Testing with Planks assessment Feb 15, 2018

The Single Leg Plank is an intermediate core exercise which is a progression from the basic plank. By having a single leg in the air we lose a point of contact with the ground which increases instability and makes the drill more challenging.

The ability to recruit our core muscles is really...

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Single Leg Hop Test assessment Feb 15, 2018

The Single Leg Hop Test (SLHT) is a series of tests that are done at a high intensity to determine if you as an individual are ready to return to sport. They are commonly used in the later stages of ACL rehabilitation and the test results will determine if you are ready to return to play or not....

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Strength Testing with Side Planks assessment Feb 15, 2018


The side plank test is typically a measure of core endurance and dictates that the subject brace themselves in a neutral and extended side lying position on the forearm with the shoulder directly above the elbow, whilst the top leg and trunk is raised and held for as long as possible.

However,...

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Strength Testing with Single Leg Squats assessment Feb 15, 2018

The single leg squat (SLS) is a test used to assess dynamic hip control and lower limb function and has practical relevance to any sport involving landing, cutting, or running (Stickler, Finley, & Gulgin, 2015).

The patient performs a unilateral squat as many times as possible from a...

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Strength Testing with Calf Raises assessment Feb 15, 2018

The calves play a significant role in daily life, as well as in many sporting endeavours. As a result, injury to the gastrocnemius, soleus, Achilles tendon, and triceps surae muscle-tendon unit is common, with the calf raise test (CRT) often employed clinically for diagnosis and monitoring...

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Strength Testing with the Leg Curl assessment Feb 15, 2018

The hamstrings are a group of muscles comprising the biceps femoris (long and short heads), semitendinosus, and semimembranosus. Together, these assist in various combinations to extend the hip, and flex and rotate the knee.

They are also especially important in walking, running, and...

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