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16. 8. 2012.

Static flexibility test - trunk and neck

The objective of this test is to monitor the development of the athlete's trunk and neck flexibility.

Required resources

To undertake this test you will require:
      -  1 metre ruler
2  -  Assistant.

How to conduct the test

Starting position
·       -   Lay prone on the floor with hands clasped at the side of the head.

·      -    Raise the trunk as high as possible whilst keeping the hips in contact with the ground.
·      -    An assistant can hold the feet down.
·      -    Record the vertical distance, to the nearest 1/4 of the inch, from the tip of the nose to the ground.
·      -    Repeat the test 3 times and record the best distance.


Analysis of the result is by comparing it with the results of previous tests. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement.

Normative data for the trunk and neck flexibility test

> 10.00
> 9.75
10.00 - 8.00
9.75 - 7.75
7.99 - 6.00
7.74 - 5.75
5.99 - 3.00
5.74 - 2.00
< 3.00
< 2.00

Target group

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


Reliability would depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test.


There are no published tables to relate results to potential performance in competition.

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