At Symmetry Physical Therapy our therapists are trained in a variety of movement and performance testing measure to best suit your needs. Functional testing can help determine vulnerable areas to injury, or areas that could benefit from focused training. During your initial evaluation your therapist will select any appropriate performance testing and movement screens to accurately assess for limitations and move you closer to your goals.

Functional performance testing and movement screens are specially designed tests and measures used to determine performance and functional abilities and limitations. “Functional” can be defined in a variety of ways in this context “functional” is movement by any person that is task related, goal oriented, relevant to the environment and involves multiple body systems and structures. Therefore, a functional limitation is the inability to complete a particular activity at a normal level. Determining normative value can be a difficult and challenging process. Typically factors such as age, sex, body type, occupation, and sport demands are considered. Testing is then performed in a large group to gather data of subjects performing a task. These results are then used to create normative values for specific tests and age groups helping to determine appropriate functional abilities and limitations.

The biggest risk to getting injured is prior history of injury. Many healthy patients come into Symmetry for a full-body assessment and performance testing. Through several research-based tests, such as the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and Y-Balance Test, patients gain knowledge about weak links in their bodies. After the screening is conducted, corrective exercise programs are developed by our therapists to help prevent injury from occurring. Performance Testing is also implemented at Symmetry prior to discharging patients.

Many types of functional performance and movement screens exist. Below is a list of some of the most common:

Movement patterns

  • Functional Movement Screen

Muscle strength, endurance, power

  • Manual Muscle Testing
  • Vertical Jump Test
  • Standing Long Jump
  • Medicine Ball Throw Test

Flexibility and ROM

  • Goniometer Measurements
  • Sit and Reach
  • Thomas Test
  • 90/90 Hamstring Test

Aerobic and anaerobic conditioning

  • Step test
  • VO2 max tests
  • 1 mile Rockport walk test
  • Talk Test

Speed and agility

  • T-test
  • Single leg hop test
  • 40-60 yard dash

Balance and proprioception

  • Y balance test
  • Berg Balance Test
  • Stork stand test

Y BALANCE TESTING

The Y Balance test and protocol is a highly accurate tool used to assess asymmetries, compensatory patterning, and injury prediction. The Y Balance test is currently being used in major athletic programs to measure pre and post rehabilitation performance, improvement after performance enhancement programs, dynamic balance, and return-to-sport readiness.

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FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREENING

The Functional Movement Screen is an innovative testing system used to quantify and evaluate movement patterns.

The test is comprised of seven functional movements that require a balance of mobility and stability. The required motions put the person into positions in which weaknesses and the inability to stabilize properly becomes prevalent. Such patterns can lead to poor biomechanics during everyday life, exercise, and competition; they will eventually lead to injury.

The purpose of performing the screen is to detect poor biomechanics and compensatory patterning prior to injury, and train them accordingly.

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