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Hip Flexion Test

Testing and measurement are the means of collecting information upon which subsequent performance evaluations and decisions are made but in the analysis we need to bear in mind the factors that may influence the results.

Objective

The objective of this test is to monitor the development of the athlete's hip flexors (the muscles that lift your knees).

Required Resources

To undertake this test you will require:

  • Flat non-slip surface
  • Assistant

How to conduct the test

  • The athlete warms up for 10 minutes
  • The athlete lies on their back with the legs out straight on the ground
  • The athlete  lifts their left knee and using their hands pulls the left knee to their chest
  • The assistant checks to see if the right leg remains flat on the floor - hip flexors are considered tight if the right leg leaves the floor
  • The athlete lies on their back with the legs out straight on the ground
  • The athlete lifts their right knee and using their hands pulls the right knee to their chest
  • The assistant checks to see if the left leg remains flat on the floor - hip flexors are considered tight if the left leg leaves the floor

Analysis

Analysis of the test result is by comparing it with the athlete's previous results for this test. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement in the athlete's flexibility.

Target Group

This test is suitable for active athletes but not for individuals where the test would be contraindicated.

Reliability

Test reliability refers to the degree to which a test is consistent and stable in measuring what it is intended to measure. Reliability will depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test. The following link provides a variety of factors that may influence the results and therefore the test reliability.

Validity

Test validity refers to the degree to which the test actually measures what it claims to measure and the extent to which inferences, conclusions, and decisions made on the basis of test scores are appropriate and meaningful. This test provides a means to monitor the effect of training on the athlete's physical development.

Advantages

  • No equipment required
  • Simple to set up and conduct
  • Can be conducted almost anywhere

Disadvantages

  • Assistant required to administer the test


Related References

The following references provide additional information on this topic:

  • STURESSON, B. et al. (2000) A radiostereometric analysis of movements of the sacroiliac joints during the standing hip flexion test. Spine, 25 (3), p. 364-368
  • STAHELI, L. T. (1977) The prone hip extension test: a method of measuring hip flexion deformity. Clinical orthopaedics and related research, 123, p. 12-15

If you quote information from this page in your work then the reference for this page is:

  • MACKENZIE, B. (2005) Hip Flexion Test [WWW] Available from: https://www.brianmac.co.uk/hipflex.htm [Accessed

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