Standing Balance Test
This is a simple balance test that can be modified to suit your situation.
- equipment required: flat, non-slip surface, stopwatch
- procedure: the person stands on one leg for as long as possible. Give the subject a minute to practice their balancing before starting the test. The timing stops when the elevated foot touches the ground or the person hops or otherwise loses their balance position. The best of three attempts is recorded. Repeat the test on the other leg.
- scoring: time the total length of time person can stay in the balance position.
- variations / modifications: to increase the degree of difficulty, the test can be conducted with the person having their arms either by their sides, held out horizontally, or on their head. You could also conduct the test with their eyes closed for each of these variations too. See also the flamingo and stork balance tests, which also assess balance on one leg.
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