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Pushing Assessment

Similarly, pushing assessments measure imbalances and inefficiencies. Pushing assessments expose flexibility during movement, core strength, balance and muscular control while pushing. Similarly pushing assessments are less common but can be a great indicator of any imbalances.

To perform a pushing assessment you’ll need a friend or a way to record yourself. Pushing assessments are best performed in a standing position. However they can be performed on a machine if a standing option is not available.

  • Using a standing cable chest press is ideal when performing this assessment.
  • Begin by standing upright with abs drawn in, feet in a split stance and toes pointing forward.
  • Press the handles forward and return to the starting position.
  • 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