Reebok Movement Screens
Purpose : The Hurdle Step is used to assess stability of the core and the entire stabilizing leg; as well as mobility around the pelvis. The hurdle step is an important movement pattern in life and sports. When running or cycling, you need full range of motion at the pelvis while maintaining stability at the core and the stabilizing leg. Your senior client also needs this ability when stepping out of the bathtub, or up stairs for example. Note: if you don't have tape or string to do the screen, you can "eyeball" it. The goal is to observe gross compensations.
Description : Take a piece of tape/string and mark a height equal to the height of the client’s leg, from below the kneecap to the floor. This is the height of the hurdle over which the client steps. The client stands with feet right next to each other, and holds the arms up either holding a dowel behind head or not. You can fasten the string or tape between 2 chairs, or a doorway or anything you find. The client stands with feet together, and aligns toes directly beneath the tape. He then steps over the tape with the right leg, touches the right heel to the floor without unloading the weight, then brings it back. When the right leg moves, that is scored as the right side. When the left leg moves, that is scored as the left side. Remember that the lowest score on a given side is indicated as the total test score.
Movement Screen Criteria to Score a 2
  • Client maintains balance
  • The hips, knees and ankles remain aligned
  • Upper body/torso remains still
Scoring Options
2 No action required - your client meets the observation requirements
1 If any of the preceeding criteria does not occur a one is given.
0 A zero is given if pain is associated with any portion of this screen. It is recommended that a thorough evaluation of the painful area be performed by a medical professional.
Observations and Possible Corrective Exercises if Score is 1 :
ObservationsCommentsSuggested Exercises
Movement/instability around the pelvis or hip hikingThis area should remain still and stable
Pelvis tilting anteriorly (lumbar curve increasing) as the right leg movesTight hip flexors on the left leg as they would be essentially stretching as the right leg moves
Moving leg abducts and/or externally rotates as it movesOuter hip/external rotators may need stretching
Arch flattening on the stabilizing legTibialis posterior muscle may need strengthening
Imbalance through the entire kinetic chainMay need to stabilize the whole chain

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