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Standing Stork Test


Athletes take the standing stork test to assess their static balance, an essential skill for many athletes.

What is the point?

Balance is a key skill for many athletes - it is a vital component of agility, but is frequently ignored when designing training programs. However, for athletes who run or jump as a part of their sport, the better your balance, the better you will perform, and the fewer injuries you will incur. The Standing Stork Test is considered one of the best ways to assess this.

What do you need?

  • A flat, non-slip surface
  • A stopwatch
  • Paper and pencil
  • Assistant
How do you do the test?

  • Remove your shoes
  • Stand with hands on hips
  • Place the sole of the non-standing foot against the inside knee of the other leg
  • Raise your heel from the floor so you are balancing on the ball of your foot
  • Have your assistant start the stopwatch as soon as your heel is off the floor
If at any point your hands come off your hips, your foot begins to twist in any direction, or the non-supporting foot loses contact with the knee, the test is stopped.

What results you'll get :

Record your best time from three attempts. Compare your results with the following chart (measured in seconds):

Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
Male 20 20-30 31-40 41-50 50+
Female 10 10-15 16-25 25-30 30+

What is being measured again?

This is an excellent measure of your standing balance.




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