J Bodyw Mov Ther. Jan;13(1) doi: / Epub Jun The ‘Bunkie’ test: assessing functional strength to restore function. Get to know the Bunkie Test and learn how it benefits your athletic performance. The ‘Bunkie’ test was developed over a period of 12 years to measure the function of the specific fascia lines in athletes. Numerous athletes from various sports.

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There are a lot of strangely named exercises out there. The Bunkie Bunke is a series of five isometric holds meant to test functional strength in and around the core.

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Despite the bunlie restriction and test termination requirement based on musculoskeletal sensations, the subjects in van Pletzen and Venter [ 17 ] held the tests for similar time periods as subjects in this study. An ancient civilization that perished thousands of years ago? Male subjects held three of the test positions significantly longer than their female counterparts.

Baseball Strength Workout Program. The testing protocol for the Bunkie test in this investigation differs slightly from the original description by de Witt and Venter [ 14 ]. Abstract The Bunkie test, a functional performance test consisting bunkid 5 test positions performed bilaterallyhas been used to assess aspects of muscular function. Already Mastered Box Jumps? It hits the following five specific fascial lines in the body:.

This finding is opposite of what was observed with female subjects. Table 5 presents Bunkie test scores for male subjects based on age, BMI, and prior history of injury.

Hold for at least 30 seconds. Gunkie intraclass correlation coefficients ICC 3,1 were as follows: Those with a history of injury were able to hold the LSL L position You can bunke released into the gym or the field and train to your heart’s desire. Clinicians should utilize caution and their clinical judgment when assessing the injured patient.


What the Heck is a Bunkie? The Functional Core Strength Test You Need to Do

Examples of test termination occurred when either a the subject stopped the test due to fatigue or b the subject was unable to maintain the correct position. The Bunkie test should also be evaluated for its ability to identify individuals who may be at risk for a future injury e. Subjects in this study were vunkie to hold buunkie of the positions for a mean score of approximately 40 seconds.

In this study, the males were able to hold some of the Bunkie test positions longer than their female counterparts. The PI next instructed the subject to elevate one LE off of the surface of the treatment table.

Finally, get into a traditional plank position with bunie arms on the ground, bent 90 degrees at the elbow, and your bhnkie resting on the bench. Male subjects with a lower BMI were able to hold 8 out of the 10 test positions significantly longer than males with a greater BMI.

The relationship between higher BMI and lower Bunkie scores warrants further exploration. It was also hypothesized that there would be a statistical difference in scores based on history of musculoskeletal injury.

McGill, Low Back Disorders: Eighty-one of the subjects were female. For this study, when the right LE was weight-bearing on the treatment table it was described as a right sided test.

A variation can be performed by lifting your top leg a few inches into the air instead of resting it on your bottom leg. In general, subjects were able to hold test positions for mean times of approximately 40 seconds except for the MSL test position. FPTs also known as functional tests have gained popularity for assessing risk of injury, identifying dysfunction, tracking progress during a rehabilitation program, and clearing an athlete to return to sport [ 3 — 7 ].

The “Bunkie” isn’t as strange as it is giggle-inducing. More research is warranted to validate the presence of functional fascial planes and execution of randomized controlled trials to assess outcomes of treatment directed at fascial dysfunction.


Subjects were recruited to participate in the study either via direct invitation or via recruitment flyers distributed throughout the university. Order of testing was randomized per each subject. One other study to date has reported mean scores for the Bunkie test.

The normative data presented in this study may be used by rehabilitation professionals when assessing and rehabilitating their patients. This investigation presents normative data for the Bunkie test in healthy individuals.

The purpose of this investigation was to present normative data for the Bunkie test in a healthy, general noncompetitive athlete population. For the most part, Bunkie test scores were similar between those with prior history of musculoskeletal injury and those with no prior history.

Twenty-one of the 81 female subjects 26 buniie reported history of back thoracic or lumbar region injury that required evaluation and treatment by a medical professional. The Bunkie test may be too aggressive for patients who are in the acute stage of healing; however, those who are in subacute or chronic stages may be able to tolerate the test without bunnkie provocation. Future investigations are warranted to determine the utility of the Bunkie test. The author declares that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this bknkie.

Independent t -tests were also calculated to assess for differences in Bunkie test position hold times between genders. View at Google Scholar M. Materials and Methods 2. Thirty seconds of rest was allowed between tests. If you held all five of these positions for at least 30 seconds, congrats!