Special Article: Lower Extremity Field Flexibility Tests: Identifying Health Related Fitness by Screening Flexibility Levels by Sunanda Bhomick and Asir John Samuel

Abstract: Flexibility is the ability of joints and body parts to perform their full range of motion. Flexibility first attained its importance in early 1900s as a tool of fitness. A poor flexibility leads to obesity, decrease cardio respiratory fitness, and several musculoskeletal problems later in life. Increasing childhood obesity heralds a greater health burden in adult life. A number of flexibility tests for assessing lower back flexibility are now easily available. These tests could be either laboratory based or simple field based flexibility. Field flexibility tests are often used by physios because of their easy administration procedure.

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