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Vastus Medialis Coordination Test

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Demonstration of the Vastus Medialis Coordination Test[1]
  • Vastus Medialis Coordination Test


  • Evaluate cause of knee pain


  • The patient is supine
  • Examiner places the fist under the subject’s knee
  • The patient is asked to extend the knee slowly without pressing down or lifting away from the examiner’s fist
  • The patient is instructed to achieve full extension.
  • Positive test
    • Lack of coordinated full extension is apparent
    • When the patient either has difficulty smoothly achieving extension or uses the extensors or flexors of the hip to accomplish extension



  • Unknown

See Also


  1. Halabchi, Farzin, et al. "Patellofemoral pain in athletes: clinical perspectives." Open access journal of sports medicine (2017): 189-203.
Created by:
John Kiel on 19 January 2022 16:42:52
Last edited:
25 May 2023 07:43:53