The goal of this test is to consecutively hop three times as far as possible on the same leg, aiming to “stick” the final landing. The performance goal is to have the recently injured limb within 10% of the uninjured limb. Poor performance on this hop test (greater than 10% difference between limbs) can identify those at risk of re-injury. This test is especially important to assess prior to RTS as it puts a very high demand and impact on one leg. It is a great movement test to look at strength, stability, and motor control.
Not only should you assess the final landing, but also the initiation and landing of each hop! You can appreciate more dynamic knee valgus during the second hop landing compared to the final hop landing.