Measuring range of motion: an S&C coach’s guide to assessing mobility

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Louis Howe with Mark Waldron

Strength and conditioning (S&C) coaches must possess a skill set that allows them to assess the physical preparedness of their athletes. This requires the assessment of numerous physical qualities, with testing procedures that produce objective data that are both reliable and valid. Traditionally, assessments for mobility have necessitated palpatory skills that most S&C coaches do not possess, along with the use of specialised equipment. The aim of this article is to illustrate that neither are essential, by providing coaches with the toolbox to execute range of motion (ROM) assessments that will allow them to perform a thorough gap analysis, along with identifying the success of their programmes for improving an athlete’s mobility.

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