Following an injury, an athlete can experience significant changes to their motor control, which can affect their overall functional symmetry.
The Y Balance Test is one way to test an athlete’s risk of injury and functional symmetry. The test measures pre and post rehab performance, improvements resulting from an athlete performance program, dynamic balance and return to sport readiness.
Performed for both upper and lower body, the results take into consideration age, sport and gender.
When incorporated into the functional exam, the Y Balance Test has the ability to identify if an athlete is susceptible to risk.
Training smarter, which includes using the results from the Y Balance Test, can result in the reduction of re-injuries, as well as prevention of initial injuries.
Click through the slideshow to watch Wes Rosner lead Angelina through the Y Balance Test.
How to Do the Y Balance Test:
- Start with right foot on center platform.
- Use left foot to push reach indicator in forward direction.
- (Note: The left foot cannot be placed on top of the reach indicator.)
- Return left foot to center while under control, without touching down.
- (Note: The left foot cannot touch down during the test.)
Repeat in each direction, switch feet.
Repeat with upper-body.
The Y Balance Test Addresses the Following Areas:
Upper: Medial, Infrolateral and Supralateral Reach
Lower: Anterior, Posteriormedial and Posteriorlateral Reach