Single Leg Balance Assessment

Test DESCRIPTION: The Single Leg Balance Assessment is a reliable tool developed and used to evaluate balance. Please watch the video to get a visual demonstration of how to perform the test and what to be mindful of. Below you will find a description of how to do so. Test INSTRUCTIONS: Get set up standing barefoot on a firm surface in the corner of a room or near a wall or sturdy object in case you lose your balance. Begin the test by balancing on one leg with the other leg lifted in the air. You can cross your arms across your chest or place your hands on your hips. Focus on maintaining good foot/arch position, a level pelvis, and good trunk position. Your score is the best time from 3 trials that you could maintain your balance. Take a break and perform on the other side, record your scores. Some rules to remember with this assessment. Your test time ends when you can no longer maintain your balance. Ideally, you're balancing with good form as well, so end the test if your balance is all over the place. Be sure to reference the entire video again before performing this assessment again on both sides to improve your performance. NORMS: Age 18-39 = 44s Age 40-49 = 41s Age 50-59 = 41s Age 60-69 = 32s Age 70-79 = 21s Age 80-99 = 9s Prehab Goal = 60s REFERENCE: Springer BA, Marin R, Cyhan T, Roberts H, Gill NW. "Normative values for the unipedal stance test with eyes open and closed." J Geriatr Phys Ther 2007;30(1):8–15.
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