30 Second Chair Stand Test

  • Purpose: To test leg strength and endurance

    Equipment:
    • A chair with a straight back without arm rests (seat 17” high)
    • A stopwatch
    • A buddy/helper

    Instructions for the participant:
    1. Sit in the middle of the chair.
    2. Place your hands on the opposite shoulder crossed at the wrists.
    3. Keep your feet flat on the floor.
    4. Keep your back straight and keep your arms against your chest.
    5. On “Go,” rise to a full standing position and then sit back down again.
    6. Repeat this for 30 seconds.

    On “Go,” begin timing.
    • If the participant must use his/her arms to stand, stop the test. Record “0” for the number and score.
    • Count the number of times the participant comes to a full standing position in 30 seconds.
    • If the participant is over halfway to a standing position when 30 seconds have elapsed, count it as a stand.
    • Record the number of times the participant stands in 30 seconds.

  • A below average score indicates a high risk for falls.

  • Chair Stand - Below Average Scores
    Age
    Men
    Women
    18-59
    < 14
    < 12
    60-64
    < 14
    < 12
    65-69
    < 12
    < 11
    70-74
    < 12
    < 10
    75-79
    < 11
    < 10
    80-84
    < 10
    < 9
    85-89
    < 8
    < 8
    90-94+
    < 7
    < 4