Athletic 1080

The Athletic 1080 test graphically presents the global active ranges of motion of the athlete in the directions of extension, flexion and rotation. Due to the measurement in the standing position, the obtained values are much more reliable than the classic test in the lying position, as the standing position changes the tension of skeletal muscles and corresponds to the position in which we perform all motor activities.
The athlete, standing on a special scaled mat, performs specific movements trying to achieve the maximum range of motion while maintaining a specific body position. The obtained result can be compared to the population average or the results obtained by the athletes of a given discipline – the database of the test questionnaire has over 6 thousand tests for comparison.
The range of motion values achieved in the test are entered into the programme, which carries out the analysis and generates the result in the form of two diagrams

How to interpret the result:

  1. Each diagram shows the ranges of movement in the tested directions on the right and the left leg respectively.
  2. In the centre of the diagram is the subject’s body axis (top view).
  3. The yellow area represents the active range of motion in standing position in the following directions: flexion, extension, side rotation.
  4. The rings around are the ranges of rotation: light grey is the foot and knee mobility, dark grey is the hip rotation ranges, yellow is the torso and black is the shoulder mobility in the horizontal plane.
  5. The percentages represent the relationship of the tested athlete’s results to the average achieved by all athletes tested using the Athletic 1080 method.

Below we will present the results of two tests performed by a tennis player with successes at the Polish Championship level.

Initial test:

The result can be analysed and compared, for example, with the average for the given discipline:

The grey area is the deficit in relation to the average among the players of a given sport. The differences in the rotation ranges (outer ring) are shown as a percentage, where +18% means a value 18% higher than the average.
This is well below average. Mainly due to the very high limitations in hip extension and rotation and lateral flexion of the spine. Hip mobility restrictions caused by the quadriceps and gluteus muscles and the broad fascia flexor. A player with these characteristics will have problems with agility on the court. The right-handed player’s stiffness of the quadriceps of the left thigh will transfer tremendous tension to the patella ligament, especially when landing after a serve. The athlete will have to compensate for the lack of hip mobility with the torso and/or hand, in effect leading to overloading.
The risk of injury in this situation is high.

With the Athletic 1080, we can also monitor the progress of the work performed. Below a test performed by the same athlete after 6 months of work on diagnosed deficits.

The training programme implemented included breathing exercises, neutral pelvic positioning, eccentric exercises for large muscle groups around the hip joint. Modifications also included a pre-training warm-up scheme and some elements of technical work on the court (learning to cushion the landing after a serve). The values achieved indicate a significant improvement in ranges of motion in key directions.
Thanks to the Athletic 1080 analysis we can assess the work of the musculoskeletal system in individual directions, but also in complex movement patterns. This allows us to very precisely identify weak points and, at the same time, determine key directions of development and monitor training progress.
In the example above, we can see that high level of proficiency in specialised movement patterns and success does not necessarily coincide with general motor skills. Nevertheless, we can assume that an increase in general mobility will raise the athletes’ sporting level and reduce their susceptibility to injury.

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