Standing Stork Balance Test

The Standing Stork Balance Test

The objective of this test is to monitor the development of the athlete’s ability to maintain a state of equilibrium (balance) in a static position.

Required Resources of Standing Stork Balance Test

To undertake this test you will require:

  • Warm dry location – gym
  • Stop watch
  • Assistant.

How to Conduct The Standing Stork Balance Test

    Standing Stork Balance Test

  • Stand comfortable on both feet
  • Hands on your hip
  • Lift one leg and place the toes of that foot against the knee of the other leg
  • On command from the assistant, raise the heel and stand on your toes
  • Assistant starts the stop watch
  • Balance for as long as possible without letting either the heel touch the ground or the other foot move away from the knee.
  • Coach records the time you were able to maintain the balance.
  • Repeat the test for the other leg.


Analysis of the result is by comparing it with the results of previous tests. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement.

Normative data for The Standing Stork Balance Test

The following are national norms for 16 to 19 year olds.

Above average
Below Average
>50 secs
50-41 secs
40-31 secs
30-20 secs
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>30 secs
30-23 secs
22-16 secs
15-10 secs
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Table reference: Arnot R and Gaines C, Sports Talent, 7984

Target group

This test is suitable for active individuals but not for those where the test would be contraindicated.


Reliability would depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual’s level of motivation to perform the test.


There are published tables to relate results to potential level of fitness and the correlation is high.


Mackenzie, Brian. 2005. 101 Performance Evalution Test. Electric World Plc. London.

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