This is one of our favorite assessments.  It can be done anywhere you can stand and have a little room to move.  Changes are easily detectable by the person performing the assessment. 

Initial Position

  • Find a spot on the floor that you can return to repeatedly and use tape, a floor board, a carpet stain, etc. to make sure you can return to the same spot and orientation for every assessment.
  • Stand tall with your feet together with shoes or feet touching.
  • Put your hands out in front of you, index fingers extended away from you, thumbs up and your remaining fingers interlaced.
  • Your elbows should be locked.  It should feel like you are pointing a gun at something in front of you with the space between the tops of your thumbs as the site.

Warm up and Baseline

  • Without moving your feet (no shifting or lifting) rotate your full body to one side.
  • The relationship of your head, hands and shoulders should not change as you move – i.e., you should keep sighting over your thumbs and your elbows should not bend.
  • Move at moderate speed with minimal tension, until you reach the farthest point where you can hold the position for 2 seconds.
  • Do 2-3 more rotations until you are consistently pointing to the same spot each time.
  • The spot where you are pointing, perhaps a landmark on the wall or in the distance, is your assessment result.

At this point, we've eliminated any assessment variation due to warm-up.