Movement Pattern Evaluation Series: Bend

What is it? 

Any movement that moves the torso and the hips closer together via a hip hinge. The movement can occur by moving the torso towards the hips, or the hips towards the torso.  Done incorrectly, it can place the low back at increased risk for injury. Incorrect bend patterns usually occur by bending at the lumbar spine rather than hinging at the hips like a waiter’s bow. 

Why is it important to assess it? 

It’s important to determine if there is an available range of motion to safely execute a bend pattern. If you discover that range of motion for the bend pattern is severely limited, make note that axial loaded bend activities place the participant at an increased risk for injury. That doesn’t mean bend patterns are out of bounds. There are plenty of ways to descend a bend pattern in a supine or prone lying position. 

How do you assess the Bend Pattern?

Here’s a free Bend Assessment Template Download to help you add value to your sessions with clients!

Niki Driscoll