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Pulling Assessment

Just like the other assessments, pulling assessments measure imbalances and inefficiencies. The pulling assessment is similar to the pushing assessment in how it is performed. It’s best performed in a standing position. However it can be performed on a machine if a standing option is not available. Similarly pulling assessments are less common but can be a great indicator of any imbalances.

To perform a pulling assessment you’ll need a friend or a way to record yourself.

  • Using a standing cable machine is ideal when performing this assessment.
  • Begin by standing upright with abs drawn in, feet in a split stance and toes pointing forward.
  • Pull the handles toward your body and return to the starting position.
    • The lumbar and cervical spine should remain neutral throughout this movement.
  • Repeat 20 times.

When reviewing the movements you’ll want to make sure you’ve captured the assessment from a side view. You’ll want to look for the following:

  • Did the lower back arch?
  • Do the shoulders elevate upward?
  • Does the head move forward?

Record your findings and then refer to the following table for possible imbalances.

CheckpointCompensationOveractiveUnderactive
LPHCLow back archesHip flexors
Erector spinae
Intrinsic core stabilizer
Shoulder complexShoulder elevationUpper trap
Sternocleidomastoid
Levator scapulae
Mid / lower traps
HeadHead migrates forwardUpper traps

Sternocleidomastoid
Levator scapulae

Deep cervical flexors