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Fitness Challenge April

March 31, 2016

The stork balance test requires the person to stand on one leg.

  • Purpose: To assess the ability to balance on the ball of the foot.
  • Equipment required: flat, non-slip surface, stopwatch, paper and pencil.
  • Procedure: Remove the shoes and place the hands on the hips, then position Participants chosen non-supporting foot against the inside knee of the supporting leg. The subject is given one minute to practice the balance. The subject raises the heel to balance on the ball of the foot. The stopwatch is started as the heel is raised from the floor.
    • the hand(s) come off the hips
    • the supporting foot swivels or moves (hops) in any direction
    • the non-supporting foot loses contact with the knee.
    • the heel of the supporting foot touches the floor.
  •  The stopwatch is stopped if any of the follow occur:
  • Scoring: The total time in seconds is recorded. The score is the best
    of three attempts on the same leg. The adjacent table lists general ratings
    for this test.
  • Variations: the stork balance test is also sometimes conducted with the eyes closed, giving it a higher level of difficulty.

Rating:
 Excelent > 50 , Good 40–50, Average 25–39, Fair 10–24, Poor<10

 

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