Functional Sports Assessment

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Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR) offers a Functional Sports Assessment (FSA) to identify the functional sports level of an athlete and active individuals who have sustained a lower extremity injury, including ACL and meniscal related injuries and for those who want to be in top physical shape and prevent injuries.

We take pride in being in the forefront of this type of motion analysis.

The athlete or active individual will perform functional tasks that measure agility, endurance, range of motion, 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 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.

FSA following lower extremity injury

The FSA will identify an individual’s physical strengths and weaknesses related to injury prevention, recovery, and return to sport decision. If the individual had an ACL surgery, they should be at least 22 weeks out from surgery. In order to complete the full assessment, they will be required to perform the following functional tasks:

  • Hop forward and side-to-side
  • Run with a quick stop and start
  • Jump/land from a raised surface on one leg
  • Single and double leg squats
  • Lunges

FSA for injury prevention

For athletes and active individuals who want to be in top physical shape and prevent injuries, the FSA tests their physical fitness and identifies potential areas that may be prone to risk.

What to expect during an FSA exam

The FSA is a one-hour evaluation. Functional tests are administered by athletic trainers or physical therapists using motion sensors to analyze and evaluate each motion for alignment, form and ability. The movements imitate common actions in sports, allowing clinicians to assess an athlete’s and active individual’s level of function. They also identify the patient’s deficits, which can then be corrected through guided rehabilitation or functional training.

Single leg hop (for distance) Triple hop (for distance
Cross over hop (for distance) 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)

What should you wear?

  • Shorts with knees showing and preferably not black and a different-colored top.
  • Shoes you wear for their particular sport if appropriate for use on gym flooring.

How much does it cost?

This is a self-pay evaluation that costs $250 to be paid at the time of service. It includes a a written copy of the assessment explaining an individual’s deficits, possible risk factors, and a recommended course of action.

The assessment and the full report will be sent to you and your MOR physician within 1-2 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.