Leg Raise Test
The Leg Raise Test measures core stability by completing as many leg raises as possible whilst supporting body weight, all in time to a beep recording. This test was used in testing for Australia's Greatest Athlete, and called the Diving Challenge.
- purpose: The leg raise test measures the control and endurance of the core stabilizing muscles.
- equipment required: leg raise machine, metronome or cadence recording. A beep recording can be created using the Team BeepTest software.
- procedure: The aim of this test is to perform as many leg lifts as possible, in time to recorded beeps. The subjects start in the leg raise machine, with their weight supported on their elbows and forearms and legs hanging down. When ready, the metronome or beeps are started. The subject must raise the legs (keeping the knees stright) to a horizontal position and tehn back again. The test is over when the subject is unable to perform the action correctly in time to the beeps.
- scoring: The score is the maximum number of complete repetitions successfully performed.
- advantages: this test is simple to perform and can be self-administered.
- disadvantages: the required equipment may not be readily available.