This week's sports post comes from Charlie Weingroff. He discusses some of the differences between the Y-balance test and the Star Excursion test. For those of you unfamiliar with these tests, the main difference is that the Y-balance test is basically a shorter version of the Star Excursion test. In this article, you will see the the evidence pertaining to the reliability of each of the tests, as well as the primary differences between the two.
The article talks about how some of the tests like the FMS, Y-balance, and single hop can be used together or alone for accurate predictions. He also makes an excellent point here:
"When we use things like the Y-Balance or Star Excursion or even the FMS, these examinations are of fundamental human movement competencies. Whether they predict injury risk or merely set a standard, the lens that they look through is human, not athletic. These predictions are also very consistent across multiple practitioners."
We must continue to stay current with the reliability and importance of these screens for those of us involved in treating a sports population.