In this post, we have given the idea while assesing kinetic chain. There are some key features that you should keep in mind.

    Here we’ll look at the why and how we assess.

Why do we assess?

  1. Establish a baseline/starting point
  2. Create realistic expectations
  3. Discover the specific GOALS and NEEDS of each patient
  4. Create individualized exercise programs that are systematic and progressive.

       If you are not assessing, you’re guessing.

Using the SOAP can be helpful for analyzing patient problems and determining the appropriate program design.  SOAP stands for:

  1. Subjective
  2. Objective
  3. Assessment
  4. Plan

Subjective information can be gathered by asking general health history and a health-risk appraisal.

  • Occupation
  • Lifestyle
  • Medical history
  • Previous injuries & surgeries
  • Any major illness or medications
  • Dietary habits & Exercise history


Objective information typically involves data that we can quantify and use to evaluate progress.   This can include:

  1. Weight/Height
  2. Vital signs (blood pressure and pulse)
  3. Body composition
  4. Circumference measurements
  5. Static posture analysis
  6. Movement screen
  7. Range of motion
  8. Muscle testing
  9. Upper body strength endurance (e.g., push-up test)
  10. Lower body strength endurance  (e.g., wall squat test)
  11. Sub Max VO2 (e.g., 3 minute step test)

These type of assessment helps from the Subjective and Objective information, which will ultimately be used to design an exercise plan.


Kinetic Chain Assessment

A kinetic chain assessment is designed to identify dysfunction within the human movement system which can be

  1. Altered length-tension relationships of soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia)
  2. Altered force-couple relationships (compensatory movement)
  3. Altered arthrokinematics (joint dysfunction)

Dysfunction in the human movement system will lead to:

Altered sensorimotor integration
Altered neuromuscular efficiency
Tissue fatigue and breakdown (cumulative injury)


What should you include while doing assessment of the Kinetic Chain  

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