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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Subjects were able to hold many of the positions for a mean score of approximately 40 seconds. The purpose of this investigation was to present normative data for the Bunkie test in a healthy, general noncompetitive athlete population. At her follow-up visit 8 days later she was text to hold the Bunkie test bunkkie for longer periods and return to running pain-free. The muscular dysfunction in individuals with prior history of LBP is consistent with the finding that muscular function of the multifidus is not spontaneous after an initial episode of LBP [ 15 ].

Despite the time restriction and test termination requirement based on musculoskeletal sensations, the subjects in van Pletzen and Venter [ 17 ] held the tests for similar time periods as subjects in this study.

There were no side-to-side differences between extremities for the total population. There were no side-to-side differences between lower extremities for each test position in this group.

Clinicians should utilize caution and their clinical judgment when assessing the injured patient. The patient, a year-old female, experienced left-sided low back pain only when running.

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

Table 5 presents Bunkie test scores for male subjects based on age, BMI, and prior history of injury. There were no statistical differences between test scores for male subjects based on age categorization.

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It invokes an image of someone doing a Push-Up on a bunk bed, or the name of your pet pug who won’t stop drooling on himself. From there, turn to each side, as if performing a Side Plank, and hold each for at least 30 seconds.

They proposed that each of the 5 test positions assesses different fascial planes [ 14 ]. Slowly pick your right leg up off the bench and hold a few inches in the air.

There are a lot of strangely named exercises out there. Subjects completed a demographic questionnaire prior to testing. If you held all five of these positions for at least 30 seconds, congrats! 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 ].

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution Licensewhich permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Fortunately, the Bunkie is neither of those things.

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The author declares that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper. Rehabilitation Research and Practice. In this study, the males were able to hold some of the Bunkie test positions longer than their female counterparts.

Male subjects with a lower BMI were able to hold 8 out of the 10 test positions significantly longer than males with a greater BMI. There were no statistical differences in hold times when comparing male subjects with or without history of musculoskeletal injury. What length of rest should be allowed to optimize recovery is yet to be determined. The PI next instructed the subject to elevate one LE off of the surface of the treatment table. Finally, aspects of the testing protocol warrant further assessment.


However, assessment and treatment of fascial dysfunction are not accepted amongst all physical therapists or other rehabilitation professionals.

More Cool Stuff You’ll Like. For this study, when the right LE was weight-bearing on the treatment table it was described as a right sided test. But first things first. Subjects were recruited to participate in the study either via direct invitation or via recruitment flyers distributed throughout the university.

The purpose of this study was to report normative data for a healthy population. Bunkie test scores in subjects with a prior history of musculoskeletal injury were similar to those with bunoie history of injury. This finding is opposite of what was observed with female subjects. The time that one was able to maintain the proper test position was recorded in seconds using a stopwatch. Already Mastered Box Jumps?

Mean scores for front row rugby players ranged from the lowest score of Sequencing of the remaining tests was based on the initial number rolled. Let’s address that awkward exercise name.

To receive news and publication updates for Rehabilitation Research and Practice, enter your email address in the box below. Testing the patient with the Bunkie revealed asymmetrical hold times that correlated with left-sided weakness of nunkie gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and hip external rotators as assessed by traditional manual muscle testing [ 16 ].

The testing protocol for the Bunkie test in this investigation differs slightly from the original description by de Witt and Venter [ 14 ].