Trunk and Neck Static Flexibility Test

Trunk and Neck Static Flexibility Test

The objective of this test is to monitor the development of the athlete’s trunk and neck flexibility. 
Required resources
To undertake this test you will require:
  1. 1 metre ruler
  2. Assistant.
How to conduct the test 
Starting position
  • Lay prone on the floor with hands clasped at the side of the head.


  • Raise the trunk as high as possible whilst keeping the hips in contact with the ground
  • An assistant can hold the feet down
  • Record the vertical distance, to the nearest 1/4 of an inch, from the tip of the nose to the ground
  • Repeat the test 3 times and record the best distance.
Trunk and Neck Static Flexibility Test


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 Trunk and Neck flexibility test
Trunk and Neck Static Flexibility Test Norms

Table adapted from Johnson B.L and Nelson J.K. Practical Measurements for Evaluation in PE 4th Ed 1986 

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 flexibility and the correlation is high. 
Mackenzie, Brian. 2005. 101 Performance Evalution Test. Electric World Plc. London.
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