Manual Muscle Testing for an Active Population: Lower Body
by Brent Brookbush DPT, PT, COMT, MS, PES, CES, CSCS, ACSM H/FS
For an introduction to manual muscle testing (for an active population) including definitions of specific terminology, "why?" manual muscle testing, basic procedures, comparing traditional versus Brookbush Institute recommended scoring, amount of external resistance, what muscles should be tested, length/tension relationships, defining a “good assessment,” and best use check out: Manual muscle Testing: Introduction
The intent of this article is to provide a review of common lower body manual muscle tests including technique, test position, definition of a "strong" result, common compensation, over-active synergists, provocative testing and implicated techniques.
Commonly Assessed Lower Body Muscles
Gluteus Medius Manual Muscle Test (1-4, 7-8, 10)
- Explain to your patient/client what the assessment entails.
- Instruct your patient/client to assume a side-lying position, with the bottom leg bent to roughly 60° of hip flexion and 60° of knee flexion.
- Approaching the patient from behind, place the hand closest to