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What it measures:

What It Measures and Conditions and Test Variations Included in This Summary:

  • The Tegner Activity Scale (TAS)1 aims to provide a standardized method in determining the level of activity prior to injury and level of activity post injury that can be documented on a numerical scale.
  • This summary contains information on the use of this test in patients or clients with knee injuries.

ICF Domain(s): 

  • Activity
  • Participation

ICF Categories:

  • Mobility: Walking & Moving Around
  • Changing & Maintaining Body Position
  • Carrying, Moving, & Handling Objects

Taskforce Recommendations


Clinical Insights

The Tegner Activity Scale is used in order to provide a standardized method to grade work and sporting activities. It was designed not to be a stand-alone outcome score, but to be used in conjunction with the Lysholm scale for ACL patients. I do not see this scale used very often in the clinic. It does not provide much information besides a broad level of function that the patient subjectively believes they are achieving. It's a very quick and easy form to fill out and does not need much instruction. However, it may not be clinically relevant in most cases, since the information will be gathered during a subjective exam anyway.


We would like to thank Zaki Afzal, PT, DPT, a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy and Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, for providing his professional opinion for the Clinical Insights section of this summary.

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