Passive Lying Straight-leg Lift

Practical Usage

Incorporate this exercise into the routine of your choice with the upcoming ExRx app. Or use the workout creation guide for an evidence-based do-it-yourself approach.

Passive Lying Straight-leg Lift Test



Lie supine on floor or mat with hands behind neck. Test administrator stabilizes leg by placing one hand on knee.


Administrator grasps ankle of other leg and raises straight leg slowly until mild discomfort is felt. Repeat on opposite leg.


Angle of straight leg relative to floor is noted by placing goniometer on its axis on greater trochanter or placing inclinometer below the tibial tubercle. Other methods of measuring joint angles may be considered. 80° to 90° is a desirable score.


Both legs should remain straight. Lower leg should remain on floor. Ankle remains relaxed or plantar flexed (pointed).


Joint ROM: Hip Flexion
Flexibility: Hamstrings
Force: Passive

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