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.
Assessment Type: Neurological
Relationsip to Activity: Sequential
Requirements: Room to Move
- Find a spot on the floor that you can return to repeatedly
- Use tape, a floor board, a carpet stain, etc. to make sure you have the same beginning spot and orientation
- Stand with your feet together with shoes or feet touching
- Stand tall.
- Put your hands out in front of you, index fingers extended away from you, thumbs up, 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 initial assessment
- Without moving your feet (no rotation or lifting) rotate your full body to the side of your choice.
- The relationship of your head, hands and shoulders should not change as you move. In other words, you should keep sighting over your thumbs.
- Move at moderate speed with minimal tension, until you reach the point where you can hold the position for at least 2 seconds.
- Note where you are pointing.
- Repeat the rotation, but this time to your left
- Do 2 -3 rotations each way until you are consistently pointing to the same spot to the right and the same spot to the left
- Note: At this point we’ve eliminated any assessment variation due to warmp
Perform the activity to be evaluated
- Rotate to the side you have chosen
- Note where you are pointing
- If you rotate further than last time, it is considered better
- If you rotate less than last time, it is considered worse
- No change, is considered the same