Dynamic Balance

Equipment

  • Floor space
  • Skipping rope(s) taped to floor in a “S” or zig-zag formation
  • 3 agility dots/ markers placed throughout the path

Instructions

You may provide a demo and give the participant practice trials if they would like to try it before being assessed. Record the number of practice trials on their assessment sheet.

 “I want you to travel along the ropes on the ground so that you are walking on the path, or that your mobility device is on either side of the path. I want you to stay on the path as best as you can. When you come across an obstacle, I want you to move around the obstacle, and come back to the start along the path. Ready? Move now.”

 

Rating System

Developing Acquired
INITIAL: Becomes acquainted with the movement task
  • Unable to follow a consistent pathway; and

  • Unable to negotiate obstacles.
COMPETENT: Overall proficiency is depicted by the quality of the movement
  • Mostly follows a consistent pathway;
  • Adapts weight-bearing surfaces; and

  • Negotiates obstacles with some control.
MERGING: Able to execute basic sequencing of the task
  • Begins to follow pathway in desired direction but does not exhibit flow; 

  • Attempts to adapt weight-bearing surfaces; and 

  • Negotiates obstacles but lacks fluidity. 

PROFICIENT: Able to problem solve with present conditions
  • Able to follow a consistent pathway;

  • Adapts weight-bearing surfaces appropriately; and
  • Negotiates obstacles with control.

Movement Analysis Tips

  • Notice how the participant navigates the skipping rope pathway and whether they have any challenges in maintaining their stability or controlling their speed.
  • You will want to pay attention to the fluidity of their movement and their ability to stay on the path throughout, as well as navigate any obstacles. 

Videos

Dynamic Balance: Walker

Dynamic Balance: Wheelchair