Mayur Deshpande
  Personal trainer in Mumbai
Fitness Testing Assess Body Balance

Fitness Testing

Assess Body Balance

Balance is the ability to stay in control of body movement or stay upright.balance is very important for day to day activity Human use their posture sence,eyes and ears to help retain their balance.there are two types of balance;static balance and dynamic balance.static balance is maintaining equilibrium when stationary ,while dynamic balance is maintaing equilibrium when body is in motion.dynamic balance is very important to develop agility.

Standing Stork Test

Stroke balance stand test.

Balance beam test



Standing Stork Test

Purpose

The objective of this test is to monitor the development of the athlete's ability to maintain a state of equilibrium (balance) in a static position.

Required resources

To undertake this test you will require: dry and non-slip surface - gym, Stop watch and qualified instructor.

Procedure-

• Stand comfortable on both feet,hands on your hip
• Lift one leg and place the toes of that foot against the knee of the other leg
• On command from the instructor, raise the heel and stand on your toes,instructor starts the stop watch
• Balance for as long as possible without letting either the heel touch the ground or the other foot move away from the knee.
• Instructor records the time you were able to maintain the balance.
• Repeat the test for the other leg.
• To increasethe degree of difficulty ,test can be conducted with the subject having their arms either by their side,held out horizontally,or on their head.

Analysis -

If your aim for fitness testing is exercise motivation and progress evaluation, then current fitness testing results can be compared with your previous results. If you are testing for first time then you can use this results for risk (to start exercise) stratification, exercise prescription and education. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement.


Stroke balance stand test.

Purpose

The objective of this test is to monitor the development of the athlete's ability to maintain a state of equilibrium (balance) in a static position.

Required resources

Warm dry location - gym,Stop watch and qualified instructor.

Procedure-

• Remove your shoes and place the hands on the hips , then position the non-supporting foot against the inside knee of supporting leg.
• The subject is given one minute to practice the balance.
• The subject raises the heel to balance on the ball of foot.
• The stopwatch is started as hell is raised from the floor.
• The stop watch is stopped if any of the following occur;hands come off the hips,the supporting foot swivels or moves in any direction , the non-supporting foot loses Contact with the knee or the heel of the support foot touches the floor.

Analysis -

Total time in seconds is recorded .the score is the best of three attempts. If your aim for fitness testing is exercise motivation and progress evaluation, then current fitness testing results can be compared with your previous results. If you are testing for first time then you can use this results for risk(to start exercise) stratification, exercise prescription and education. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement.


Balance beam test

Purpose

The objective of this test is to monitor the development of the athlete's ability to maintain a state of equilibrium (balance) in a dynamic position.

Required resources

Gymnastic balance beam,certified instructor and stopwatch

Procedure-

Subject has to walk the entire length of a standard balance beam steadily, without falling off, and within six seconds time span.
The subject will start at one end, step on upto the beam, Walk the length to other end. Subject will get three trials to complete the beam walk. Compare the observation with following table.

Analysis -

If your aim for fitness testing is exercise motivation and progress evaluation, then current fitness testing results can be compared with your previous results. If you are testing for first time then you can use this results for risk (to start exercise) stratification, exercise prescription and education. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement.