The Camber Test
The aim of the Camber test is to determine if the calf can contract through full range of dorsiflexion and plantar-flexion in the neutral ankle position as well as in pronation and supination.
The ability to perform this test not only relies on full calf muscle function, but also on neutral function of all the other body slings.
The moment one body sling becomes locked and dysfunctional, the rest of the body is forced to function in a compensation pattern, which will affect the function of the ankle.
While performing the test it shows clearly when compensation patterns are present. The most common compensation pattern is hip hitching through contraction of the opposite Quadratus Lumborum.
Many of our clients claim that they can perform double leg calf raises in the gym with weights on their shoulders, but once we test the individual movements, it might show clearly that the one leg can perform a neutral movement, while the other leg does it in a compensation pattern. By performing this exercise in a gym in the presence of dysfunctional patterns, the athlete not only puts strain on their joints and ligaments but also strengthens bad habits, which may lead to reduced efficiency. Once the compensation pattern is released, the Camber Test shows neutral and efficient movement.
The Camber Step