General

The Flamingo balance test is a test to determine how well you can stand on one leg. This says something about your balance. The Flamingo test is a good tool for testing your balance.

Content

The test consists of the following components:

  • Measuring times
  • Comparing left to right

Procedure

Stand on the balance beam with your preferred leg. Take the instep of your other foot and pull this towards your buttock. With your other arm you can try to find your balance. Try to keep this position for as long as possible

If you let go of the raised leg, the time stops. The time starts again once you have regained your balance. Write down the number of mistakes you make within one minute.

The number of mistakes is equal to the number of scored points. So eight mistakes gives a score of 8 for example. If more than fifteen mistakes are made within one minute, the test stops and the score is fifteen.

Steps

  1. Stand on the balance beam with your preferred leg;
  2. Take the instep of your other foot and pull this towards your buttock;
  3. With your other arm you can try to find your balance;
  4. Try to keep this position for as long as possible;
  5. If you let go of the raised leg, the time stops;
  6. The time starts to run again once you have regained your balance;
  7. Write down the number of mistakes you make within one minute;
  8. The number of mistakes is equal to the number of scored points. So eight mistakes gives a score of 8 for example;
  9. If more than fifteen mistakes are made within one minute, the test stops and the score is fifteen.

Results

Boys & Girls

Excellent Very good Good Sufficient Poor Inadequate
12 year <3 3 6-5 10-7 14-11 15
13 year <2 2 5-3 8-6 12-9 >12
14 year <2 2 4-3 7-5 10-8 >10
15 year <2 2 5-3 7-6 12-8 >12
16 year <2 2 4-3 6-5 10-7 >10

Required equipment

For this test you need the following:

  • Balance beam of 50 cm long, 4 cm high, and 3 cm wide
  • Stopwatch

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