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Rehabilitation Research and Practice
Volume 2012, Article ID 803637, 7 pages
Research Article

Development of Clinical Rating Criteria for Tests of Lumbopelvic Stability

1Musculoskeletal Research Centre, La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC 3086, Australia
2School of Physiotherapy, La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC 3086, Australia
3School of Phsyiotherapy, La Trobe University Melbourne, VIC 3086, Australia
4Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC 3199, Australia

Received 4 October 2011; Accepted 25 November 2011

Academic Editor: Gül Baltaci

Copyright © 2012 Margaret A. Perrott et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Lumbopelvic stability (LPS) is regarded as important for injury prevention, yet there are few reliable or valid tests that can be used in the clinical assessment of LPS. Three dynamic functional tests were identified that assess LPS in multiple planes of motion: dip test (DT), single leg squat (SLS), and runner pose test (RPT). Existing rating criteria for SLS have limited reliability and rating criteria for DT and RPT have not been established. Objective. To develop rating criteria for three clinical tests of LPS. Design. Qualitative research: focus group. Method. A focus group of five expert physiotherapists used qualitative methods to develop rating criteria for the three clinical tests. Results. Detailed rating criteria were established for the three tests. Each key factor considered important for LPS had characteristics described that represented both good and poor LPS. Conclusion. This study established rating criteria that may be used to clinically assess LPS.