Functional Sports Assessment

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR) Rehabilitation Department offers an assessment tool to identify the functional sports level of an athlete who has undergone surgery and rehabilitation for an ACL injury. This test provides guidance for a safe return to sport and determines if further rehabilitation is needed.

The MOR Functional Sports Assessment (FSA) also is available for athletes and active individuals who want to be in top physical shape and prevent injuries. The FSA tests an athlete's physical fitness and assesses and identifies potential areas that may be prone to risk.

The FSA requires an athlete to perform functional tasks that measure agility, endurance, resistance, strength and stability. The variety of evaluations will identify an individual's physical strengths and weaknesses relevant to prevention, recovery and return to sport decisions. The individual will gain an understanding of where he/she is in the recovery process and what areas (if any) need improvement.

The function tests are administered by athletico trainers or physical therapists and videotaped so they can analyze and evaluate each motion for alignment and form. The movements imitate common actions in sports, allowing clinicians to assess an athlete's level of function. They also identify the patient's deficits, which can then be corrected through guided rehabilitation or functional training.

What should you expect during an FSA exam?

The FSA is an exam we perform to assess for deficits with knee mechanics, jumping, landing, side-to-side activities, acceleration, deceleration, and strength compared to the opposite side. The specific components of the test are below.

Single leg hop (for distance) Triple hop (for distance
Cross over hop (for distance) 6 meter timed hop
Single and double leg squat 4 way single leg hop
Front and side plank (60 seconds each) Lunge (for knee and ankle range of motion)
Box drops (landing on single and double leg) Sprint (acceleration and deceleration)

The patient is videotaped and reviewed for proper form, apprehension, landing symmetry, tibial rotation, weight distribution, trunk, knee, and hip range of motion. These are all performed and compared to the opposite side.

The patient should be at least 22 weeks out from surgery and will be required to perform the following in order to perform the full assessment; hop forward and side-to-side, run with a quick stop and start, jump/land from a raised surface and single and double leg squats and lunge.

What should you wear?

The patient should wear shorts (knees showing and preferably not black) and a different-colored top with the shoes they wear for their particular sport if appropriate for use on gym flooring.

How much does it cost?

This is a self-pay service that costs $250.00 to be paid at time of service and includes a copy of the assessment and explanation each individual’s deficits and possible risk factors.

The MOR FSA is a one-hour test and requires a doctor's prescription. The assessment and the full report will be sent to you and your MOR physician within 3-4 days of the assessment day.

How can I request an appointment?

To request an appointment, simply fill out the form below. You can also call the numbers below to request an appointment.

Chicago, IL 312-432-2513
Westchester, IL 708-273-8410

The assessments are performed on Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoons at our Chicago location. Assessment availability at our Westchester location will vary.