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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Finally, aspects of the testing protocol warrant further assessment.

Lie on your back on the floor and elevate your feet on a bench while you lift your chest up with your elbows on the ground bent at 90 degrees. For example, a subject who rolled a 4 bukie perform the PSL first with the remaining tests performed sequentially 5, 1, 2, 3. McGill, Low Back Disorders: However, assessment and treatment of fascial dysfunction are not accepted amongst all physical therapists or other rehabilitation professionals.

A test was terminated when a subject was no longer able to maintain the proper test position as shown in Figures 1 — 5.

Subjects were recruited to participate in the study either via direct invitation or via recruitment flyers distributed throughout the university.

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

The author declares that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper. FPTs also known as functional tests have gained popularity for assessing risk of injury, identifying dysfunction, tracking progress during a rehabilitation program, and clearing an athlete to return to sport [ 3 — 7 ].

Finally, get into a traditional plank position with your arms on the ground, bent 90 degrees at the elbow, and your feet resting on the bench. Independent t- tests were calculated to assess for differences in test scores based on demographic bunkoe The aforementioned value represents a clinical recommendation by de Witt and Venter [ 14 ]; however, normative values for buniie general population are currently unknown.

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There were no statistical differences in hold times when comparing female subjects with or without history of musculoskeletal injury. For example, the test should be administered to a cohort of athletes 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.


Subjects were allowed one attempt to correct their position; if they were unable to assume the correct posture after verbal cueing the test was stopped.

Abstract Testt Bunkie test, a functional performance test binkie of 5 test positions performed bilaterallyhas been used to assess aspects of muscular function. In this study subjects with a prior history of injury did not demonstrate significant differences in hold times when bunki to individuals with no history of injury.

There were no statistical differences in hold times when comparing male subjects with or without history of musculoskeletal injury.

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

The normative data presented in this study may be used by gest professionals teest assessing and rehabilitating their patients. Bring your left leg up into the air and back, bending at the knee. For this study, when the right LE was weight-bearing on the treatment table it was described as a right sided test. Where does it come from? Assessing muscular endurance of the core e.

It hits the following five specific fascial lines in the body:. Mean scores for backline rugby players range from the lowest score of To receive news and publication updates for Rehabilitation Research and Practice, enter your email address in the box below. There were two significant findings based on BMI.

The ‘Bunkie’ test: assessing functional strength to restore function through fascia manipulation.

Materials and Methods 2. Males were able to hold the APL L position for Hold for at least 30 seconds. The “Bunkie” isn’t as strange as it is giggle-inducing. The patient, a year-old female, experienced left-sided low back pain only when bunkiw.

Rehabilitation professionals utilize FPTs to assess muscular endurance or strength in patients and clients that cannot be easily assessed with other clinical tests [ 289 ]. Future investigations are warranted to determine the utility of the Bunkie test. Once in position, the primary investigator PI provided verbal cues to help facilitate the correct posture prior to initiating the test. Sequencing of the remaining tests was based on the initial number rolled. Weaknesses in these fascia lines can lead to injuries.


Keeping the same hold, bend both knees while keeping your right foot on the bench. The test-retest tfst for each position was calculated during a pilot study prior to subject recruitment.

There were no within group side-to-side differences per gender; however, males were able to hold some fest significantly longer than their female counterparts. McGill [ 11 ] also reported that asymptomatic individuals with a history of LBP have shorter hold times with the muscular endurance tests for the core and have abnormal ratios between tests.

Fortunately, the Bunkie is neither of those things.

Procedure The Bunkie test consists of 5 testing positions with each test performed bilaterally Figures 1 — 5. Subjects in this study were able to hold many of the positions for a mean score of approximately 40 seconds.

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 ]. Table 5 presents Bjnkie test scores for male subjects based on age, BMI, and prior history of injury. Current performance measures are based on clinical recommendations. Table of Contents Alerts.

The relationship between higher BMI and lower Bunkie scores warrants further exploration. Independent t -tests were calculated to assess for differences in hold times between lower extremities for each group all subjects, females, males.

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Those with a history of injury were able to hold the LSL L position This finding is opposite of what was observed with female subjects. There’s actually a fairly simple explanation. They proposed that each of the 5 test positions assesses different fascial planes [ 14 ].