J Bodyw Mov Ther. Jan;13(1) doi: / Epub Jun The ‘Bunkie’ test: assessing functional strength to restore function. Get to know the Bunkie Test and learn how it benefits your athletic performance. The ‘Bunkie’ test was developed over a period of 12 years to measure the function of the specific fascia lines in athletes. Numerous athletes from various sports.

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Brumitt demonstrated how the Bunkie test could be utilized as a measure of core muscular endurance capacity in the assessment of an injured recreational distance runner [ 16 ].

The patient, a year-old female, experienced left-sided low back pain only when running. There were no side-to-side differences in test position hold times per gender. The Bunkie test may be too aggressive for patients who are in the acute stage of healing; however, those who are in rest or chronic stages may be able to tolerate the test without symptom provocation. Subjects were recruited to participate in the study either via direct invitation or via recruitment flyers distributed throughout the university.

Sequencing of the remaining tests was based on the initial number rolled. Once in position, the primary investigator PI bunike verbal cues to help facilitate the correct posture prior to tet the test. It hits the following five specific fascial lines in the body:.

Where does it come from? More research is warranted to validate the presence of functional fascial planes and execution bunkiw randomized controlled trials to assess outcomes of treatment directed at fascial dysfunction. For example, the test should be administered to a cohort of bunkei at the start of the season with scores assessed at the end of the season to determine if associations exist between time-loss injuries and preseason performance. Finally, aspects of the testing protocol warrant further assessment.

This is the first study to report normative Bunkie test scores for a healthy, bhnkie noncompetitive athlete population.

For this study, when the right LE was weight-bearing on the treatment table it was described as a right sided test. But if you vunkie with any of them, you’ve got diminished mobility in a specific fascia line, meaning the muscles in that area are unable to contract to their fully expected ability, and that can lead to serious injury.

The Bunkie test, a functional performance test consisting of 5 test positions performed bilaterallyhas been used to assess aspects of muscular function. A variation can be performed by lifting your top leg a few inches into the air instead of resting it on your bottom leg.


The Bunkie Test: Descriptive Data for a Novel Test of Core Muscular Endurance

Hold times for each position was measured in seconds. The Bunkie Test allows a trainer or strength and conditioning coach to identify, based on which of the five positions the athlete struggles with, which line to address and strengthen.

Introduction Rehabilitation professionals assess muscular endurance and strength in patients and clients utilizing a variety of tests and measures e. Male subjects with a lower BMI were able to hold the test positions significantly rest in most cases than males with a greater BMI. The Third World Squat. In Afrikaans, one of many languages spoken in South Africa, the tes “bankie” means ” little bench.

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It is possible that males with a higher BMI were less conditioned than their counterparts with a lower BMI; however, this is only speculative. There was only one test position, the LSL Lwhere bunike significant difference in hold times was observed between those with no history or history of musculoskeletal injury.

It invokes an image of someone doing a Push-Up on a bunk bed, or the name of your pet pug who won’t stop drooling on himself. Table of Contents Alerts. This finding is opposite of what was observed with female subjects. However, for an injured patient the Bunkie test may be clinically useful bynkie a test to identify asymmetry of muscular endurance or as a tool to track increases in muscular function during a course of rehabilitation [ 16 ].

The Bunkie test should also be evaluated for its ability to identify individuals who may be at risk for a future injury e. One other etst to date has reported tesr scores for the Bunkie test. The relationship between higher BMI and lower Bunkie scores warrants further exploration.

Women were able to hold the back extensor test for a longer period than the males; however, the males were able to hold the other 3 positions for longer periods [ 11 ]. An ancient civilization that perished thousands of years ago? Testing the patient with the Bunkie revealed asymmetrical hold times that correlated with left-sided weakness of the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and hip external rotators as assessed bunlie traditional manual muscle testing [ 16 ].

Tes they can’t, or if the athlete feels any muscle strain or discomfort, he or she must have some core weaknesses to address. Each subject completed a brief questionnaire collecting demographic information including age, gender, previous injuries to the extremities that required medical care from a primary provider or allied health care providerand previous injuries to the spine or pelvis that required medical care from either a primary provider or allied health care provider.


Procedure The Bunkie test consists of 5 testing positions with each test performed bilaterally Figures 1 teet 5. Rehabilitation Research and Practice. The purpose of this investigation was to present normative data for the Bunkie test in a bunmie, general noncompetitive athlete population. Order of testing was randomized per each subject.

What the Heck is a Bunkie? The Functional Core Strength Test You Need to Do

McGill, Low Back Disorders: Subjects were able to hold many of the positions for a mean score of approximately 40 seconds. Independent t -tests were calculated to assess for differences in hold times between lower extremities for each group all subjects, females, males. For the most part, Bunkie test scores were similar between bunnkie with prior history of musculoskeletal injury and those with no prior history.

The Bunkie test consists of 5 testing positions with each test performed bilaterally Figures 1 — 5. Table 4 presents Bunkie test scores for female subjects based on age, BMI, and prior history of musculoskeletal injury.

Twenty-one of the 81 female subjects 26 percent reported history of back thoracic or lumbar region injury that required evaluation and treatment by a medical professional. Eighty-one of the subjects were female. To receive news and publication updates for Rehabilitation Research and Practice, enter your email address in the box below.

Keeping the same hold, bend both knees while keeping your right foot on the bench. In this study subjects were allowed 30 seconds of rest between each test. The author declares that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this tesr.

The intraclass correlation coefficients ICC 3,1 were as follows: According to de Witt and Venter [ 14 ], the tests are held for specific time periods assessing the patient or client for symptoms such as pain, cramping, or burning. One hundred and twelve subjects mean age years were recruited bunkir a university setting.