Movement Assessments

20 Oct
  Assessment – Modified Thomas Test This test gives us information about how an individual’s hips are behaving in hip extension / flexion. As always, the goal here is not to diagnose or say someone has something wrong with them, but to just inform practice. For example, if someone fails this test miserably then it […]
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05 Sep
Lying Shoulder Rotation Test This is a quick assessment for shoulder rotation, both internal and external rotation. This will help us to see where we need to focus our efforts in the gym in order to help improve annoyances like ”rounded shoulders” etc. I don’t like pidgeonholing people into set numbers though. People need what […]
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05 Sep
Bodyweight Squat Assessment Using exercises themselves can prove very useful for assessing movement if you know what to look for. Performing joint tests and table tests give us valuable information but so do exercises. I personally like to use both methods. Sometimes what we pick up as ‘okay’ in a test can prove very not […]
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05 Sep
Seated Hip Rotation Assessment This is a quick on the move assessment for hip rotation. We can visually see whether someone is likely to have limitations in hip external rotation musculature after performing this test. Using this information we can then look at other tests or exercises to combine with this to confirm or refute […]
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01 Jul
Shoulder Range Testing – Chris Peil When testing the shoulder complex it is important to understand the nuances of testing and what the results mean. Just because someone fails a shoulder test doesn’t inherently mean they have one particular reason for that happening. Understanding if it is a stability or mobility issue is important too […]
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24 May
Importance of Initial Assessments in Exercise Firstly, assessments are not the be all end all and they don’t tell you everything the first time you do them. Some people don’t need much assessing others need more. That’s just the way it goes. Having a good assessment pool of options however is in my opinion a […]
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19 May
  Assessment – Hip Rotation Internal Hip Rotators: Semimembranosus (Inner hamstring) Gluteus Minimus & Medius Pectineus (Adductor on the upper inner thigh) Adductor longus, Brevis & Magnus (posterior head of Magnus) Tensor Fascia Latae External Hip Rotators: Obturators Gluteus Maximus Piriformis Quadratus Femoris Illiopsoas As you can see there are many contributors to rotation at […]
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18 May
Assessment Series – Shoulder Flexion Here is a shoulder assessment that is quick and easy to apply. This will help you understand where your shoulders are in terms of their active range of motion overhead. I would argue that if someone is compensating heavily on tests like these then it is safe to assume that […]
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