Stork Balance Stand Test

The stork balance test requires the person to stand on one leg for as long as possible. The similar Flamingo Balance Test is different as it requires the subject to balance on a board.

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Scoring: The total time in seconds is recorded. The score is the best of three attempts. The adjacent table lists general ratings for this test.

Variations: the stork balance test is also sometimes conducted with the eyes closed, giving it a higher level of difficulty. See also the similar flamingo balance test.

Alpha-Fit Version: in the Alpha-Fit version of this test, the hand do not need to be placed on the hip, and timing stops if the hands go above the horizontal level. There is also a 60 second maximum score.

Reference: Johnson BL, Nelson JK. Practical measurements for evaluation in physical education. 4th Edit. Minneapolis: Burgess, 1979.


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