J Bodyw Mov Ther. Jan;13(1) doi: / Epub Jun The ‘Bunkie’ test: assessing functional strength to restore function. Get to know the Bunkie Test and learn how it benefits your athletic performance. The ‘Bunkie’ test was developed over a period of 12 years to measure the function of the specific fascia lines in athletes. Numerous athletes from various sports.

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Get to know the Bunkie Test and learn how it benefits your athletic performance. Descriptive studies are warranted to identify normative data in injured populations e. Twenty-one of the 81 female subjects 26 percent reported history of back thoracic or lumbar region injury that tesg evaluation and treatment by a medical professional.

Clinicians should utilize caution and their clinical judgment when assessing the injured patient.

For example, the test should be administered to a cohort of athletes at the start of the season with scores assessed at the end of the season to determine if associations exist between time-loss injuries bunkiw preseason performance. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution Licensewhich permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

The ‘Bunkie’ test: assessing functional strength to restore function through fascia manipulation.

The relationship between test scores is calculated to identify individuals who may be at risk for a low back injury [ 11 ].

The PI next instructed the subject to elevate one LE off of the surface of the treatment table.

There were no statistical differences in hold times when comparing female subjects with or without history of musculoskeletal injury. It is possible that males with a higher BMI were less conditioned than their counterparts with a lower BMI; however, this is only speculative. Hold for at least 30 seconds. Subscribe to Table of Contents Alerts. Each subject completed a brief questionnaire collecting demographic information including age, gender, previous injuries to the extremities that required medical care from a primary provider or allied health care providerand previous injuries to the spine or pelvis that required medical care from either a primary provider or allied health care provider.


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The author declares that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper. There were no tst differences between lower extremities for each test position in this group.

Fifty-three of the 81 female subjects 65 percent reported a prior history of musculoskeletal injury that required evaluation and treatment by a medical professional. Finally, get into a traditional plank position with your arms on the ground, bent 90 degrees at the elbow, and your feet etst on the bench. Already Mastered Box Jumps?

The time that one bunkiie able to maintain the proper test position was recorded in seconds using a stopwatch. A flip of a coin was performed to determine which side was tested first. The intraclass correlation coefficients ICC 3,1 were as follows: The Bulgarian Split Squat. Indexed in Web of Science.

McGill, Low Back Disorders: One hundred and twelve subjects mean age years were recruited from a university setting. Only 13 percent 4 out of 31 of male subjects reported prior history of back thoracic or lumbar region injury.

Keeping the same hold, bend both knees while keeping your right foot on the bench. Rehabilitation professionals utilize FPTs gunkie assess muscular endurance or strength in patients and clients that cannot be easily assessed with other clinical tests [ 289 ]. If they can’t, or if the athlete feels any muscle strain or discomfort, he or she must have some core bunkiee to address.

There were no side-to-side differences between extremities for the total population. Male subjects with a lower BMI were able to hold the test positions significantly longer in most cases than males with a greater BMI. For example, a subject who rolled a 4 would perform the PSL first with the remaining tests performed sequentially 5, 1, 2, 3. These significant differences should be viewed as buknie and may be the result of the population sampled in this study.


There were no within group side-to-side differences per gender; however, males were able to hold some positions significantly longer than their female counterparts. The FPT scores for the core musculature are used by rehabilitation professionals to guide therapeutic exercise prescription [ 1113 ].

But first things first.

This is the first study to report normative Bunkie test scores for a healthy, general noncompetitive athlete population. In general, subjects were able to hold test positions for mean times of approximately 40 seconds except for the MSL test position. Independent t- tests were calculated to assess for differences in test scores based on demographic characteristics: Bring your left leg up into the air and back, bending at the knee.

The Bunkie test, a functional performance test consisting of 5 test positions performed bilaterallyhas been used to assess aspects of muscular function. They proposed that each of the 5 test positions assesses different fascial planes [ 14 ].

The ‘Bunkie’ test: assessing functional strength to restore function through fascia manipulation.

Future investigations are warranted to determine the utility of the Bunkie test. A buunkie can be performed by lifting your top leg gunkie few inches into the air instead of resting it on your bottom leg. Despite the time restriction and test termination requirement based on musculoskeletal sensations, the subjects in van Pletzen and Venter [ 17 ] held the tests for similar time periods as subjects in this study.

If you held all five of these positions for at least 30 seconds, congrats! In Afrikaans, one of many languages spoken in South Africa, the word “bankie” means ” little bench.