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LTAD - a critique
Demands of the game
Profile of players
Functional screening
Resistance training
Speed and agility training
Integrated game conditioning

Screening the lunge pattern


In our Pre-Level 1 S&C course, we described the squat pattern and noted common deviations from what may be considered a normal or proper squat movement pattern. Here we add to our repertoire for screening common movement patterns and describe the forward lunge screen.

The lunge pattern is a fundamental movement pattern common to many field, court and track and field sports. It is considered one of several fundamental movement patterns that require development for better exercise and sport performance (Cook 2010, Chek 2000, Kritz et al 2008). The forward lunge in particular is frequently used as a screening tool to assess an athlete’s movement ability (Cook 2010).

In this topic, we will examine the forward lunge screen with a view to advancing the S&C coaches understanding of what may be considered a proper lunge. The goal is to identify movement patterns that are not seen as proper patterns and as such may need attention before the player progresses to more intense or loaded lunges in training.


The aim of this module is to provide a more in-depth approach to screening the player using common movement patterns and range of motion joint specific tests.


The S&C coach will be able to complete a functional screening programme using common movement patterns and specific joint range of motion tests. In addition, the coach will be able to prescribe appropriate mobility corrective exercises.