The Get Up and Go Test

Developed by Mathias and Nayak as a screen for balance testing

  1. Stand up from a chair, walk 3 meters (6 feet), turn and return to the chair

Grading scale is 1 to 5, with 1 being excellent (normal) and 5 being severely abnormal

A score of 3 or higher indicates an increased risk for falls.

Mathias S, Nayak USL, Isaacs B.: Balance in the elderly patient: The "Get-up and Go" test. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 67:387-389, 1986. (Shumway-Cook & Woollacott, 2001)