Reliability of the Functional Lower Extremity Evaluation

Is the Functional Lower Extremity Evaluation (FLEE) a reliable assessment tool for return to play post-injury?

Determining when an athlete is ready to return to play (RTP) post-injury has always proved a challenge for clinicians. The Functional Lower Extremity Evaluation (FLEE) is a 45-minute battery of 8 standardised functional performance tests that evaluates control, power, and endurance. The goal of the present study was to establish the reliability and face validity of the FLEE.

Despite being under utilised, the FLEE components are considered clinically important. It also appears reliable. Further studies are required in a post-injured population to further determine its clinical utility. 

> From: Haitz et al., J Orthop Sports Phys Ther (2014-11-26 07:17:16) (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Click here for the online summary. Translation by Lewis Ingram

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