Lunge

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Instructions

Preparation

Stand with hands on hips.

Execution

Lunge forward with first leg. Land on heel, then forefoot. Lower body by flexing knee and hip of front leg until knee of rear leg is almost in contact with floor. Return to original standing position by forcibly extending the hip and knee of the forward leg. Repeat by alternating lunge with opposite leg

Measurement

In addition to above instructions, test administrator assesses subject's completion of movement using following criteria:
  • Lumbar spine movement is minimal
  • Hip of trailing leg completely extends at lowest position
  • Knee is very close to floor
  • Knees are aligned with feet
  • Balance is maintained throughout movement

Comments

Test subject may need to wear shorts or pull up sweat pants from around knees and remove shirt or roll up shirt from around hips so test administrator can observe these body segments during this test. Test administrator may ask subject to perform both long and short lunges to better test ankle dorsal flexion and hip extension respectively.

Lunge Test

Assesses

Functional Mobility (step leg)

Functional Mobility (trailing leg)

  • Hip Extension (long lunge)
    • Hip of trailing leg is not completely extended at lowest position

Dynamic Stability

Balance

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