089 Core Assessments to Use
Plank Assessment

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Conduct this assessment to determine muscular endurance of the Anterior Core.
  • Beginning on all fours, the client is asked to raise the knees into a plank position and hold with the back flat for 60 seconds.
  • Watch for arching or dipping of the pelvis while asking the client where they "feel" this exercise.
  • Improper pelvic position indicates poor muscular endurance while pain or sensation in regions other than the abs indicates an inability to consciously brace.
  • Stop the test if there are any irregularities or pain and record the time to compensation.