How to Perform a Sit-and-Reach Assessment [Instructional Video]

Use the above video to demonstrate the traditional and back-saver sit-and-reach assessment to your students. Don’t forget to download it for future use! Make flexibility testing even easier with Gopher’s UltraFlex Testers – giving you the ability to test two to four students at the same time!

Sit-and-Reach Assessment Instructions

You can perform the sit-and-reach assessment as a traditional test or the back-saver test. The back saver test measures the flexibility of left and right legs separately and avoids the hyper-extension of both knees.

  1. To perform the back-saver sit-and-reach test, remove your shoes and fully extend one leg, placing the sole of your foot flat against the tester. Bend your other knee with the sole of your foot flat against the mat.
  2. Extend your arms and place one hand over the other. Slowly reach forward four times and hold the positon on the fourth reach for at least one second.
  3. You may repeat the test up to three times, recording your best score to the nearest ½ inch.
  4. Switch legs and repeat the test.

Good luck on your assessment!

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