Flexibility Assessment

Flexibility Measure In Brief… Important Values
Scratch-Reach Test The back scratch test provides an indication of the participant's upper body and shoulder flexibility. It is associated with lifestyle activities such as getting dressed, reaching for objects and putting on a car seat belt. The risk zone is -10.2 cm for men and -5.1 cm for women using the correct form
Soleus Stretch Test The soleus stretch test provides an indication of the participant's flexibility in the ankle. It also can be used as an exercise (stretch) to increase flexibility into dorsiflexion. Many seniors have reduced dorsiflexion while walking which can lead to trips and falls. If the cause is reduced range of motion rather than strength, the soleus should be a focus for lengthening. No normative values…is self-limited
Normal range of scratch test scores
Age Distance between fingertips – Women (cm) Distance between fingertips – Men (cm)
60 - 64 -7.6 - 3.8 -16.5 - 0.0
65 - 69 -8.9 - 3.8 -19.1 - -2.5
70 - 74 -10.2 - 2.5 -20.3 - -2.5
75 - 79 -12.7 - 1.3 -22.9 - -5.1
80 - 84 -12.7 - 0.0 -22.9 - -5.1
85 - 90 -14.0 - -2.5 -24.1 - -7.6
90 - 95 -20.3 - -2.5 -26.7 - -10.2