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					Amy Allen                                                                     Flexibility Assessment
        The purpose of this rating scale/assessment is to provide personal or athletic trainers with a way
of determining whether or not their student or client has good posture and flexibility.

Refining the Problem:
         This rating scale is designed for both males and females in college who are relatively healthy and
have had no previous serious injuries that may cause pain or problems when performing the assessment.
It is designed to assess their flexibility in order to see where they need improvement.
         The rating scale could be used in several different ways. The rating scale could be used in
classrooms to teach other students to assess one another’s flexibility or could be used in college fitness
centers to assess student’s flexibility. It could also be used in the health centers to help diagnose certain
pains that people had in their hamstrings or back. Overall the scale could be used to assess one’s flexibility
and allow them to develop a stretching program in order to work on their muscle that were tight allowing
for a fuller range of motion in their muscles and tendons.
         Flexibility and range of motion are going to be evaluated during this assessment because it is the
component of fitness that is focused on the least and needs more attention that it receives. Flexibility
allows people to avoid injuries because their muscles are stretched and they have fuller range of motion
in their muscle. This allows them to stretch a little further to reach the top shelf and other simple tasks.
Flexibility is an important component of fitness to achieve. Different muscle groups will be assessed that
are most commonly used such as the hamstrings. Tight hamstrings often lead to lower back pain.
Keeping this muscle limber will help to relieve some of that pain. Shoulders are going to be assessed for
their range of motion because they are often used throughout the day to obtain things off shelves, etc.
Flexibility of the chest, lower back and calves will also be evaluated.

Instrumentation and Methodology:
        People who use this scale to assess their flexibility will be placed into categories of tight, average,
good range of motion, or flexible. Gender will be taken into consideration for one test regarding
hamstring flexibility
         The person giving the assessment would have to be familiar with flexibility standards and
procedures. They would have to know the proper form for the stretches. For example when doing a sit
and reach test the person is supposed to reach for their toes without rounding their back. The person
giving the evaluation would have to have a sit and reach box and a tape measure in order to come to a
conclusion about the person’s flexibility.

Analysis of Results:
       This assessment would be a summative evaluation. After analyzing the results of the assessment
the person giving the assessment, most likely a personal or athletic trainer would be able to prescribe
appropriate stretches to improve their client’s range of motion and flexibility for problematic areas.
                                           Flexibility Evaluation:

     1.) Hamstring Assessment and Lower Back: (equipment needed: sit and reach box and tape
Sit and Reach Test: Have client without shoes place the bottoms of their feet flat on the seat and reach
box. Have them gently go forward with their hands on top of one another keeping their knees in
extension and help them so that their back does not round. Record the number that they reach with their
fingertips that is held for three seconds without bouncing.
                              Flexible        Healthy Range of       Average                   Tight
Males                           >20”               16”-19”              15”                    <14”

Females                       >24                 19” – 23”                18”                   <17”

Result: _________________

    2.) Shoulder Range of Motion Assessment: (no equipment)
Shoulder Ranger of Motion Test: Place the right hand over the back of the neck (palm against the back)
and the left hand around and up the small of the back (palm up). Attempt to touch or overlap the fingers
and hands behind the back. Eyeball the distance between the finger tips to the nearest half-inch and
record it. Repeat this on the other side.
                             Flexible       Healthy Range of          Average                 Tight
Evaluation             Hands are joined    Fingertips are          Fingertips are     Fingertips don’t
                       together almost     easily touching one     <2inches from      touch one another.
                       making a fist.      another                    touching

Results: Left__________ Right____________

    3.) Chest Range of Motion: (no equipment necessary)
Chest Range of Motion: Have client stand straight up with their shoulders back and their abdominals
strong. Have them place their arms in front of them and raise them to chest level. Then have them open
their arms toward the side trying to bring them back as far as they can. (Like they are giving a big huge
bear hug.)
                                Flexible      Healthy Range of             Average               Tight
Evaluation              Hands are at 5 and Hands are at 8 and Hands are at 9 and            Hands are at 10
                        7 if it were a clock. 4 if it were a clock. 3 if it were a clock.  and 2 if it were a
 4.) Calf Range of Motion:
Calf Muscle Stretch: Person leans into wall with hands on wall. Non-measured leg forward with the leg
to be assessed stretched back in a "lunge" type orientation. Slide the rear leg back as far as possible with
the heel still on the ground
                          Tight              Average            Healthy Range of Motion
*There is no super flexible standard for this test.*
Result Left:__________ Result Right:____________


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