ForceDecks Test: Hop and Return Protocol

The Hop and Return test is commonly used to test advanced unilateral balance and stability. Where the Land and Hold test measures performance in a single landing, the Hop and Return test measures performance in hop and landing in two different directions.

ForceDecks App Protocol

Starting Position
  • Standing tall on one foot
  • Facing either:
    • towards the other plate - if performing a forwards/backwards Hop and Return; or 
    • perpendicular to the other plate - if performing a side-to-side Hop and Return.
  • Hands on hips
  • Chest up and looking forward
  1. Zero plates – Ensure nothing is touching plates and click "Zero Platforms".
  2. Step on plates – Ask individual to step on the plates.
  3. Weigh individual – Click “Measure Weight”. The individual must remain completely still, and the colour display must register green before accepting body weight.
  4. Assume starting position – Ask individual to assume starting position.
  5. Start recording – Click ”Start Recording”.
  6. Perform jump - Instruct the individual to:
    a. Keep chest up and looking forward:
    b. Jump forwards (or sideways) with the desired foot; and
    c. Land on the other plate with the same foot; then
    c. Immediately jump back to the starting plate; then
    e. Remain completely still on the force plates for 2-3 seconds; then
  7. Repeat jump - Repeat step 6 to record a total of 3 reps
  8. Stop recording – Click "Stop Recording".
  9. Review – Review that reps and test type have been detected correctly. You can manually correct the test type and/or manually mark trial ranges, if required.
  10. Analyse – Click "Analyse and Save" - to move directly to next individual; or Click "Analyse" – to review result
Reps 1 - 100 reps
Default Instant Results
  • Peak First Landing Force [N]
  • Peak Takeoff Force [N]
  • Contact Time [s]
  • Eccentric Duration [ms]
  • Peak First Landing Force [N]
  • Peak Takeoff Force [N]
  • Contact Time [s]
  • Eccentric Duration [ms]