Materials: (1) 20 cm high step.
- The patient is asked to stand in single limb support with the hands on the waist, the knee straight and the foot positioned close to the edge the step
- The contralateral leg is positioned over the floor adjacent to the step and is maintained with the knee in extension
- The patient then bends the tested knee until the contralateral leg gently contacts the floor and then re-extends the knee to the starting position
- This maneuver is repeated for 5 repetitions
- Total score of 0 or 1 was classified as good quality of movement
- Total score of 2 or 3 was classified as medium quality
- Total score of 4 or above was classified as poor quality of movement
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