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SIT AND REACH BODY
FLEXIBILITY TEST is the most
common test in sports to measure
body flexibility with an objective to
monitor the development of the
athlete's lower back and hamstring
Analysis of the sit and reach test result
is done by comparing FlexiScore
results with previous tests. It is
expected that with an appropriate
training between each test, the
analysis would indicate an
Athlete’s reaching distance express by
FlexiScore illustrates a progression
or, in some cases, downfall of body
flexibility level. That particular result
has to be recognized and evaluated.
What's Your FlexiScore?
About the sit and reach test
Sit and reach test is the most common test in sports to measure body flexibility with an objective to monitor the
development of the athlete's lower back and hamstring flexibility. Analysis of the sit and reach test result is done by
comparing it with the results of previous tests. It is expected that with an appropriate training between each test, the
analysis would indicate an improvement. Athlete’s reaching distance illustrates a progression or, in some cases,
downfall of body flexibility level. That particular result has to be recognized and evaluated.
Old fashioned evaluation of the athlete's sit and reach test performance requires complicated calculation and includes
outdated mandatory resources. Despite the fact that a sit and reach test itself is straightforward to complete, a
traditional flexibility assessment process is archaic – an athlete is instructed to get involved in the inconvenient
process of marking 2 feet long straight lines on the floor, using a yard stick, a tape measure etc.
Another method is to use competition level machines, which are pretty accurate, but also heavy, enormous in size and
very expensive. These box shaped flexibility testing tools are primarily used by training facilities such as the Naval
Training Center of US NAVY or big wellness centers and is not an attractive buy as a tool for personal fitness.
Furthermore, proposed traditional result evaluation is complicated and a very annoying hassle – it simply does not fit
the fast lifestyle of a modern athlete.
It is important to recognize the fact that difficulties described above are faced by every athlete who acknowledges the
importance of body stretching. That’s why the invention of FlexiScore as a personal training assisting tool satisfies a
great need for a solution.
|Well designed score
is very simple to use and does not
require additional tools like
measuring tape or ruler
Sit and Reach Flexibility Test - history
The sit and reach test is a common measure of flexibility, and specifically measures the flexibility of the lower back and
hamstring muscles. This test is important as because tightness in this area is implicated in lumbar lordosis, forward
pelvic tilt and lower back pain. This test was first described by Wells and Dillon (1952) and is now widely used as a
general test of flexibility.
About Test Variations
There are a few variations of the test. Many of the variations of this test involve the differences in the value of the level of
The most logical measure is to use the level of the feet as recording zero, so that any measure that does not reach the
toes is negative and any reach past the toes is positive (such as for PRT Sit and Reach for the Navy). However, using
negative values is more difficult for statistical analyses, and for comparing results. The procedure for the Presidents
Challenge version require that the box is made with 9 inches (23 cm) at the level of the feet, so reaching two inches
past the toes is recorded as 11 inches. The Eurofit manual suggests having 15cm at the level of the feet.
and FlexiScore flexibility testing
method incorporate identical
metrics based measurements