The ability to bring your chin to your chest. This tests the neck extensor muscles flexibility, as well as the ability of the neck flexors to actively control the movement.
The ability to look up at the ceiling. This is the opposite of neck flexion; it tests the neck flexor muscles flexibility, and the ability of the neck extensors to actively control the movement.
The ability to turn your head and look over your shoulder in both directions. Here we look for ability to complete the entire range of motion, as well as symmetry when comparing each side.
The ability to reach down, behind your back, and touch the bottom of the opposite shoulder blade. This tests your shoulder external rotator and extensor muscles. We are looking for symmetry on each side, as well as fluidity of movement.
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The ability to reach up, behind your neck, and touch the top of the opposite shoulder blade. This tests your shoulder internal rotator and flexor muscles. We are looking for symmetry on each side, as well as fluidity of movement.
The ability to bend forward and touch your toes. This tests the flexibility of your back extensor muscles, general spine mobility, and nerve tension. Motion shoulder feel easy and fluent, with a smooth spinal curvature.
The ability to bend backwards with your back. This tests the flexibility of your back flexor muscles, and the active control of your back extensor muscles and general spine mobility. Motion should feel easy, with a smooth spinal curvature.
The ability of your back and hips to turn in each direction. This tests the flexibility and active control of your back and hip stability and rotator muscles. Motion should be fluent in the back and hips, with symmetry of movement on each side.
The ability of the body to stand on one leg. This tests unilateral hip stability and general balance, while comparing symmetry on each side.
The ability of the body to perform a one-legged squat. This is a complex movement involving many different components, including core, unilateral hip stability and balance. Symmetry is compared on each side.
The ability to use the entire body in a complex movement. This includes stability and mobility from head to toe, while integrating various component of the previous tests.