» Y Balance Test Online Certification

»Course Description

The Y Balance Test Online Course teaches thoroughly the researched, yet easy way to quantify a person’s motor control and demonstrate functional symmetry. The Y Balance Test allows us to quarter the body and look at how the core and each extremity function under bodyweight loads.

This information can be used to identify road blocks to a person’s functional performance including measuring pre and post rehabilitation performance, improvement after performance enhancement programs, dynamic balance for fitness programs, and return to sport readiness.

This course begins by describing how the Y Balance Test Protocol was developed through years of research in injury prevention and identification of motor control changes that occur after injury. The course covers how to administer the Y Balance Test – Lower Quarter.

The Y Balance Test – Lower Quarter (YBT-LQ) is a dynamic test performed in single leg stance that requires adequate strength, flexibility, core control, and proprioception at the limit of the person’s stability. This test requires most, if not all, of the components of motor control – an essential component of proper function.

Following the YBT-LQ, the course continues and demonstrates how to perform the Y Balance Test- Upper Quarter. The Y Balance Test - Upper Quarter (YBT-UQ) is a dynamic upper quadrant test performed in a single arm push up position at the limit of stability. This test requires shoulder girdle and core stability, and adequate shoulder and thoracic mobility in the closed kinetic chain.

The course then describes the extensive research related to the Y Balance Test. First, the research demonstrating the tests reliability is discussed as well as its ability to predict injury. Then the research in the Y Balance Test’s ability to detect the motor control deficits after ACL tear, ankle sprain, and ulnar collateral ligament injury is discussed. The research section concludes discussing the validation study of using the Y Balance Test, Functional Movement Screen, and demographic factors combined together in an injury prediction algorithm. Finally, the course participant is taken through an entire Y Balance Test to facility understanding and accurate testing procedure.

»Y Balance Test Online Certification

Following this course, you should be able to…

  • Describe the history of the Y Balance Test.
  • Learn how to administer a Y Balance Test.
  • Understand and interpret the scoring system.
  • Describe the research relating to the Star Excursion Balance Test with regard to injury prediction, identification of chronic ankle injury and ACL deficiency, and functional testing.
  • Identify the important aspects of the Y Balance Test™ protocol and related reliability research.
  • Understand the use of the Y Balance Test™ in the comprehensive care of the client, athlete, or patient.