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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Slowly pick your right leg up off the bench and hold a few inches in the air. Independent t -tests were calculated to assess for differences in hold times between lower extremities for each group all subjects, females, males. The patient, a year-old female, experienced left-sided low back pain only when running. 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.

The Bunkie test may be too aggressive for patients who are in the acute stage of healing; however, those who are in subacute or chronic stages may be able to tolerate the test without symptom provocation.

Those with a history of injury were able to hold the LSL L position Independent t -tests were also calculated to assess for differences in Bunkie test position hold times between genders. Keeping the same hold, bend both knees while keeping your right foot on the bench. There were no side-to-side differences in test position hold times per gender. If they can’t, or if the athlete feels any muscle strain or discomfort, he or she must have some core weaknesses to address.

Eighty-one of the subjects were female. It was hypothesized that there would be no statistical difference in Bunkie test scores between sides e. The relationship between test scores is calculated to identify individuals who may be at risk for a low back injury [ 11 ].

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As we mentioned before, the Bunkie Test is comprised of five moves. Get to know the Bunkie Test and learn how it benefits your athletic performance. These significant bunkiee should be viewed as preliminary and may be the result of the population sampled in this study. The purpose of this investigation tet to present normative data for the Bunkie test in a healthy, general noncompetitive athlete population.


The relationship between higher BMI and lower Bunkie scores warrants further exploration. Materials and Methods 2. A variation can be performed by lifting your top leg a few inches into the air instead of resting it on your bottom leg. They proposed that each of the 5 test positions assesses different fascial planes [ 14 ]. Assessing muscular endurance of the core e. For example, a bunlie who rolled a 4 bunkiie perform the PSL first with the remaining tests performed sequentially 5, 1, 2, 3.

Only 13 percent 4 out of tewt of male subjects reported prior history of back thoracic or lumbar region injury. More research is warranted to validate the presence of functional fascial planes and execution of randomized controlled trials to assess outcomes of treatment directed at fascial dysfunction.

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.

Bunkie test scores in subjects with a prior history of bunkei injury were similar to those with no history of injury. More Cool Stuff You’ll Like. To receive news and publication updates for Rehabilitation Research and Practice, enter your email address in the box below. 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 struggled 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.

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

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

Subjects were able to hold many of the positions for a mean score of approximately 40 seconds. This is the first study to bunkle normative Bunkie test scores for a healthy, general noncompetitive athlete population. In Afrikaans, one of many languages spoken in South Africa, the word “bankie” means ” little bench.


Weaknesses in these fascia lines can lead to injuries. Descriptive studies are warranted to identify normative data in injured populations e.

According to de Witt and Venter [ 14 ], the tests are held for specific time periods assessing the tesf or client for symptoms such as pain, cramping, or burning. It was also hypothesized that there would be a statistical difference in scores based on history of musculoskeletal injury.

Males were able to hold some positions significantly longer than their female counterparts. Rehabilitation professionals assess muscular endurance and strength in patients and clients utilizing a variety of tests and measures e. Finally, aspects of the testing protocol warrant further assessment.

This finding is opposite of what was observed with female subjects. There was tset one test position, the LSL Lwhere a significant difference in hold times was observed between those with no history or history of musculoskeletal injury.

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 ]. An ancient civilization that perished thousands of years ago? However, for an injured patient the Bunkie test may be clinically useful as a test to identify asymmetry of muscular endurance or as a tool to track increases in muscular function during a course of rehabilitation [ 16 ].

Subjects completed a demographic questionnaire prior to testing. Where does it come from? Work with a coach or trainer to strengthen those areas bjnkie try the test again. 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. Sequencing of the remaining tests was based on the initial number rolled. The Bunkie test consists of 5 testing positions with each test performed bilaterally Figures 1 — 5.

A test was terminated when a subject was no longer able to maintain the proper test position as shown in Figures 1 — 5. There’s actually a fairly simple explanation.