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Phys Ther. 1985 Feb;65(2):169-74.

Pelvic tilt. Intratester reliability of measuring the standing position and range of motion.


The purpose of this study was to examine intratester reliability of a test designed to measure the standing pelvic-tilt angle, active posterior and anterior pelvic-tilt angles and ranges of motion, and the total pelvic-tilt range of motion (ROM). After an instruction session, the pelvic-tilt angles of the right side of 20 men were calculated using trigonometric functions. Ranges of motion were determined from the pelvic-tilt angles. Intratester reliability coefficients (Pearson r) for test and retest measurements were .88 for the standing pelvic-tilt angle, .88 for the posterior pelvic-tilt angle, .92 for the anterior pelvic-tilt angle, .62 for the posterior pelvic-tilt ROM, .92 for the anterior pelvic-tilt ROM, and .87 for the total ROM. We discuss the factors that may have influenced the reliability of the measurements and the clinical implications and limitations of the test. We suggest additional research to examine intratester reliability of measuring the posterior pelvic-tilt ROM, intertester reliability of measuring all angles and ROM, and the pelvic tilt of many types of subjects.

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