Functional Reach Test

Posted on: February 24, 2019 | By: cichoku | Filed under: Functional Reach Test

The following study aimed to investigate how a combined strength and endurance training program for 8 weeks, effected functional performance in individuals with spastic Cerebral Palsy. Functional performance was determined by outcome measures such as the 6-minute walk test, 30 second sit-to-stand, 10-m walk, TUGT and the functional reach test. Researchers found that individuals who performed the 8-week combined exercise program improved in nearly all of the tested parameters. Improvements exceeded the post-test results seen in the control group, who simply continued with their Physical therapy. Researchers specifically wanted to target changes in balance, flexibility, walking ability, endurance, and lower limb strength and predicted that all of the above parameters would be positively influenced. The study was a randomized controlled trial and exclusion criteria included receiving any surgical or chemical treatment for spasticity within 3 months of the study intervention. There was an exercise group and a control group. The…

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Functional Reach Test Article Summary

Posted on: February 24, 2019 | By: wjaffe | Filed under: Functional Reach Test, T&M Tools

Article: Reliability and comparison of trunk and pelvis angles, arm distance and center of pressure in the seated functional reach test with and without foot support in children Background: In order to maintain one’s balance during dynamic activities, and individual’s center of mass must stay within their base of support. The alignment of the trunk and pelvis are vital for maintaining appropriate sitting balance during activity. A commonly used measure of dynamic sitting balance is the ability to reach beyond an arm’s length, which can be measure utilizing the modified Functional Reach Test (FRT.) The modified FRT is typically performed in standing however, has increasingly been used while the subjects have been seated to measure the maximum amount of reaching in the anterior and lateral direction without falling. The seated modified FRT has been largely studied with foot support and with heavy emphasis on postural movements. The test-retest reliability of…

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Functional Reach Test

Posted on: March 7, 2018 | By: jfrancis9 | Filed under: Discriminatory, Evaluative, Functional Reach Test

Article: Normal Values of Functional Reach and Lateral Reach Tests in Children With Knee Hypermobility Background: Balance is an integral part of many daily activities and relies heavily on the visual and vestibular systems in children. The somatosensory becomes more integral to balance after the age of 6, once dominance is established by the somatosensory system, proprioceptive sensory feedback is utilized by the central nervous system to “appreciate conscious and unconscious position, movement and force generated by the body and limbs”. It has been suggested that person with joint hypermobility have altered proprioceptive acuity. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to measure functional reach (FR) and lateral reach (LR) in children with knee joint hypermobility (KJH) of 10° hyperextension or more and to examine correlation with age, gender and anthropometric factors. Study Population: A total of 140 participants (70 boys, 70 girls) aged 6 – 12 were included in…

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Functional Reach Test (FRT)

Posted on: March 15, 2015 | By: jcrosser | Filed under: Functional Reach Test, T&M Tools

Name of test: Functional reach test (FRT) Author: Pamela W Duncan Address: Graduate Program in Physical Therapy P.O. Box 3965, Duke University Medical Center Durham, NC 27710   Year Developed: 1990 (for adult patients) Revision: Ongoing research for pediatric normative values Publication: Journal of Gerontology Cost: Free Purpose: assessment of functional dynamic balance Target population: children ages 3-12 Time requirements: 5 minutes Scoring: Measure distance reached forward (for forward reach) and to the side (for lateral reach).  Average of 3 trials in each direction Materials needed: ruler Normative Data: Functional reach – 22.7 to 37 cm Lateral reach – 16.3 to 22.5 cm Reliability: inter-rater – 0.54 – 0.98 intrarater – 0.83 test-retest – 0.54 – 0.88 Validity: Concurrent validity – correlation between the FRT and laboratory tests of limits of stability (r = 0.42 – 0.77) Construct validity – correlation between FRT and Gross Motor Function Classification System (rs…

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