Lie prone on mat or floor. Place both hands on floor in front of shoulders, arms positioned close to sides.
While keeping front of pelvis in contact with floor, push torso up with arms and shoulders.
Perpendicular distance from suprasternal notch to floor is noted.
Test is considered 'passive' since muscles of low back are not used to elevate torso. It should be noted that individuals with longer trunks may be able to score better.
|Joint ROM:||Spinal Hyperextension|
|Excellent||> 12 inches (30 cm)|
|Good||> 8 inches (20 cm)|
|Fair||> 4 inches (10 cm)|