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Toe touch test

Created in 1952, the Kraus and Hirshland test is used to evaluate trunk flexion ability from a standing position with legs together and extended.


  • Required Material: Wooden box with a distance scale or a measuring tape.
  • Procedure: The subject will start the test from the standing position, barefoot with both feet together resting on the edge of the box or platform and legs extended as shown in the illustration. The goal of this test is to try to reach as far as possible with both hands without taking one over other. The subject must perform the trunk flexion smoothly, without bending his/her knees or moving his/her feet, and hold at least 3 seconds at the maximum stretch point.
  • Assessment: Measured in centimeters (cm). The subject will have a maximum of 3 attempts, and all attempts where any rule is broken will be considered null and discarded. The zero will be set at the upper edge of the plyo box where the subject’s feet are placed. The result will be negative if the subject is not able to reach that point, and positive when he/she exceeds it. In Fisicalcoach, the longest distance, as well as the median and the mean can be registered.

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