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Functional testing for the upper extremity: closed kinetic chain upper extremity test

By Michael P. Reiman and Robert C. Manske

It is not uncommon for clients to need to utilize components of muscular strength, muscular power, and endurance of the upper extremities. The Closed Kinetic Chain Upper Extremity Test can be used for clients who require assessment of this area.

Purpose: The Closed Kinetic Chain Upper Extremity Test (CKCUTEST) is a modifcation by Davies and Dickoff-Hoffman (1993) of a standard push-up test. This test measures strength, endurance, and closed chain kinetic stability of the upper extremities.

Equipment: Stable floor, two pieces of athletic tape, stopwatch.

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