Wall Sit Test
This is a simple test of lower body muscular strength and endurance.
- purpose: to measure the strength endurance of the lower body, particularly the quadriceps muscle group.
- equipment required: smooth wall and a stopwatch
- procedure: Stand comfortably with feet approximately shoulder width apart, with your back against a smooth vertical wall. Slowly slide your back down the wall to assume a position with both your knees and hips at a 90° angle. The timing starts when one foot is lifted off the ground and is stopped when the subject cannot maintain the position and the foot is returned to the ground. After a period of rest, the other leg is tested.
- scoring: the total time in seconds that the position was held for each leg is recorded. The table below gives a general guideline to expected scores for a single leg for adults, based on my personal experiences. Comparing the scores for each leg may indicate muscle weakness on one side.
- variations / alternatives: see also the single leg squat test, chair stand test and the home squat test.
- advantages: This test requires minimal equipment and can be conducted with large groups all at once
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