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Ten Point

Screen Risk

 

Bad workmen have always blamed their tools. It’s still happening, only this time it’s the desk, the chair, the mouse, the box of paper – or if you work outside, the driver’s seat, the steering wheel, the broom or the shovel – that get the blame.

 

Of all the health assessments we conduct, the Musculo-skeletal Risk Screen appears to be most pressing. This is because close to 50% of people regularly experience musculo-skeletal pain. Most don’t complain, they think it’s normal, they put up with it, and whilst they don’t know the cause of it, likely as not they’ll think it’s connected in some way to the work they do.

 

Those that do make a serious complaint become part of a very expensive therapeutic process where a lot of money is spent but not much progress is made toward getting people back into better alignment, stronger and more flexible.

 

The Ten Point Musculo-skeletal Risk Screen provides individuals and organisations with an audit of current and future risk – plus the tools they need to get themselves back into alignment. The tools are called strength and flexibility exercises. You have to do them to yourself; no-one can do them for you.

 

If the risk is deemed to be high we recommend the full Clinical Assessment to drill down and find out what the underlying risk really is.

 

We’d normally conduct the assessment as part of the Musculo-skeletal Health Seminar Program and at the end of it feed back a report that includes group frequency histogram graphs of each of the parameters measured individual assessment results recommendations about what needs to be done to lower the risk.

 

THE TEN POINT MUSCULO-SKELETAL RISK SCREEN

 

Give yourself a score out of ten, appropriate for your performance on each of  the ten questions below. A good score is a high score. A poor score is a low score.

 

If you don’t think it is safe for you to do any of these tests don’t do them. If it hurts, stop doing the test immediately. These tests are safe and easy to complete for people in good musculo-skeletal health.

 

THE MUSCULO-SKELETAL RISK SCREEN

 

Give yourself a score out of ten, appropriate for your performance on each of  the ten questions below. A good score is a high score. A poor score is a low score.

 

If you don't think it is safe for you to do any of these tests don't do them. If it hurts, stop doing the test immediately. These tests are safe and easy to complete for people in good musculo-skeletal health.

 

Items in red - squats, situps and pressups are the Universal Fitness Test tests.

 

1.

Current musculo-skeletal condition

How would you rate the current condition of your musculo-skeletal system?

 

Dreadful                                                                      Very good

     
 

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

 

 
         

2.

Body composition

How close are you to your ideal weight? Estimated kilograms over your ideal weight.

Kg

>20

20

18

16

14

12

10

8

6

4

<2

     
 

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

     
         

3.

Squat

From a standing position, how many times can you squat down, with backside at least half way between your knees and the floor as they will go, and stand up straight, in 30 seconds. You may use a heel raise (as illustrated if you need to.)

  

No. in 60 seconds ……..

Poor                                                                                  Good

   
 

<5

5

7

9

11

14

17

20

23

25

30

     
 

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

     

 

       

4. 

Abdominal strength - feet held

How many situps can you do in 60 seconds with your feet held. Lie down on your back with feet flat, knees bent at 90 degrees, arms crossed and fingers holding your shoulders. Sit up so your elbows tough your knees. Don’t count those situps where your elbows don't touch your knees.   

 

No. in 60 seconds ……..

 

Poor                                                                                  Good

 

<5

5

7

9

11

14

17

20

23

25

30

     
 

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

     
                             

5. 

Upper body strength

How many pressups can you do in 30 seconds; women on the knees and men on the toes. For women make sure your knees, bottom and shoulders are in a straight line; ie your backside shouldn’t be sticking up in the air. Don’t count those pressups where the body flops onto the floor.

 

No. in 60 seconds ……..

 

Poor                                                                                 Good

   

 

<5

5

7

9

11

14

17

20

23

25

30

x

x

 
 

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

     
                             

6. 

Sit and reach - hamstring flexibility

In a sitting position, with legs outstretched in front of you, see how far down past your toes you can reach with your fingers. Keep legs straight and backs of knees on the floor. Score 4 if you can get your fingers to your toes (T), 5 for the first knuckle, 6 for the second and 7 if you can get to the palms (P). Score 10 if you can get your wrists past your toes (W).

 

Poor                                                                                 Good

 

Can't touch toes

F

   

P

   

W

 

x

 
 

0

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

     
                             

7. 

Ability to sit up straight - buttock flexibility

With legs crossed and hands clasped behind the back, see if you can sit up straight without falling over.

 

Your score is based on the worst of the scores for each side.

 

Falling over backwards on either side scores 0.

 

 Fall over when hands clasped behind back                            Good

   

 

0

7

8

9

10+

 

 

 
                             

8. 

Shoulder function - wall test - a subjective assessment

Stand with your back to the wall. Place your hands in the surrender position with elbows, forearms, wrists and fingers flat back on the wall. Score 10 if you can do this with ease. Score low if you have difficulty getting into this position or lower still if your elbows and wrists are a long way from the wall.

 

Forearm, wrists and fingers not flat                     Just                   Easy

     
 

0

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

 

 
                             

9.

Strength training behaviour

Do you have a regular and systematic strength training program? No. of sessions per week

     

 

0     1     2       3      

 

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10      

 

                           

10.

Flexibility training behaviour

Do you have a regular and systematic flexibility training program? No. of sessions per week

     
  0     1     2       3      
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10      
                             
                    Total      

 

YOUR RISK OF MUSCULO-SKELETAL FUNCTION IS ASSESSED AS: -

 

   Very low if you scored over 80

   Low if you scored over 70

   Medium if you scored between 50 and 70

   High if you scored less than 50

 

If you scored less than 50 we suggest you attend the Pro-Active Rehab Clinic - or a yoga, tai chi, Pontius Pilates, Body Balance, Pump or Complete Workout program three times a week. Do that and you'll get your musculo-skeletal system back into very good shape in a few months. You'll feel the difference after a couple of weeks.

  

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