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Back Scratch Test

The Back Scratch Test, or simply the Scratch Test, measures how close the hands can be brought together behind the back. This test is part of the Senior Fitness Test Protocol, and is designed to test the functional fitness of seniors. Another shoulder flexibility test designed for testing the elderly is the Shoulder Circumduction Test.back scratch flexibility test

Men’s Results

Age below average average (inches) above average
60-64 > 6.5 6.5 to 0 < 0
65-69 > 7.5 7.5 to -1.0 < -1.0
70-74 > 8.0 8.0 to -1.0 < -1.0
75-79 > 9.0 9.0 to -2.0 < -2.0
80-84 > 9.5 9.5 to -2.0 < -2.0
85-89 > 10.0 10.0 to -3.0 < -3.0
90-94 > 10.5 10.5 to -4.0 < -4.0

Women’s Results

Age below average average (inches) above average
60-64 > 3.0 3.0 to 1.5 < 1.5
65-69 > 3.5 3.5 to 1.5 < 1.5
70-74 > 4.0 4.0 to 1.0 < 1.0
75-79 > 5.0 5.0 to 0.5 < 0.5
80-84 > 5.5 5.5 to 0 < 0
85-89 > 7.0 7.0 to -1.0 < -1.0
90-94 > 8.0 8.0 to -1.0 < -1.0

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