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Star Excursion Balance Test

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Other Names

  • SEBT
  • Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT)


Demonstration of the Star Excursion Balance Test[1]
  • Dynamic evaluation of strength, flexibility and proprioception
  • Used to assess physical performance
  • Can also evaluate deficits in dynamic postural control secondary to musculoskeletal injuries



  • Cut four strips of athletic tape to a length of 6-8 feet each.
  • The first two pieces will be used to form a ‘+’
  • The other two being placed over top to form an ‘x’ so that a star shape is formed
  • All lines are separated from each other by a 45° angle


  • Objective: maintain a their balance on one leg while using the other leg to reach as far as possible in 8 different directions
  • The person standing (on left leg in picture as an example) must reach in 8 different directions[2]
    • Anterior, anteromedial, medial, posteromedial, posterior, posterolateral, lateral and anterolateral
    • Posteromedial direction appears to be the most important direction[3]
    • Can be used to identify individuals with chronic ankle instability, athletes at greater risk of lower extremity injury
  • Positive test:
    • When compared to healthy limb, the patient experiences loss of dynamic postural control



  • Unknown

See Also


  1. Hardy, Lisa, et al. "Prophylactic ankle braces and star excursion balance measures in healthy volunteers." Journal of athletic training 43.4 (2008): 347-351.
  2. Olmsted LC, Carcia CR, Hertel J, Shultz SJ. Efficacy of the star excursion balance tests in detecting reach deficits in subjects with chronic ankle instability. Journal of athletic training. 2002 Oct;37(4):501.
  3. Plisky PJ, Gorman PP, Butler RJ, Kiesel KB, Underwood FB, Elkins B. The reliability of an instrumented device for measuring components of the star excursion balance test. North American journal of sports physical therapy: NAJSPT. 2009 May;4(2):92.
Created by:
John Kiel on 11 August 2019 23:21:12
Last edited:
23 May 2023 17:27:44