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Summary

What it measures:

  • The Multi-Directional Reach Test (MDRT) measures balance and the limits of stability in the anterior-posterior and medial-lateral directions by testing how far an individual can voluntarily reach forward, to the right, to the left, and lean backward, while standing with their feet flat on the ground, shoulder-width apart.1
  • This allows clinicians to assess the individual’s balance and limits of stability when their center of gravity is shifted outside their base of support.1
  • This test is most commonly administered to older adults.1
  • MDRT is a modification of the Functional Reach Test (FRT). FRT only measures an individual’s capability to reach in the forward direction.1 

ICF Domain(s):      

  • Body Structure and Function

ICF Categories:

  • Mobility: Walking & Moving Around

Target Population:

Older adult


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