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Lower Body Movement Control Test

The Lower Body Movement Control Test is a portion of the Fundamental Capacity Screen (FCS) and evaluates single leg balance, movement control, willingness to load the standing leg, and ankle dorsiflexion mobility.

Begin by standing on one leg, keeping the standing heel touching the ground, slowly reach the opposite foot forward as far as you can while maintaining balance, ensuring that you are able to return to a fully standing position without placing the opposite foot down.

You may measure performance on this test using a tape measure and assessing for symmetry between legs. If you do not have a tape measure available, the minimal standard is to be able to reach at least 2 foot lengths without a loss of balance.

Passing this test requires a good deal of quadriceps strength and can be used to help determine preparedness to introduce basic impact activities based on movement control and willingness to load the leg.

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