WorkAbility Movement Screen

WorkAbility Movement Screen


Workers with poor physical fitness or inactive lifestyles have more on-the-job injuries, lost productivity, absenteeism and healthcare costs. Traditional workplace wellness programs that include costly blood biometrics have been shown to have a negative Return-On-Investment (ROI). Such programs emphasize cardiovascular risk reduction, but fail to measure biometrics that are relevant to musculoskeletal health risks. Musculoskeletal disorders are the greatest contributor to lost workforce productivity due to disability and cost the US Economy over 800 billion dollars. This exceeds the combined cost of cardiopulmonary disorders and diabetes.
The WorkAbility Movement Screen is an affordable, brief screen to assess musculoskeletal health and motivate suitable physical activity of workers of all shapes and sizes. It was designed for use in a wide range of applications that include workplace wellness, post-offer employment screening, rehabilitation, and functional capacity evaluation. The WorkAbility Movement Screen innovates wellness biometrics by including validated tests of flexibility, balance, and agility that are appropriate for administration to workers of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels.

The standard WorkAbility Movement Screen Exam includes:

  • Body Size Measures – the screen begins with a gathering of demographics and body size measures to determine Body Mass Index (BMI) and Waist-to-Height (WtH) ratio.
  • Active Movement Screen – contains a total of 25 individual movements in order to assess musculoskeletal fitness. This evaluates a worker’s flexibility and balance as they perform movements such as squatting or standing on each leg for 15 seconds. These movements are rated on a scale from 0 (unable to perform) to 4 (normal movement).
  • Two Square Agility Test (TSAT) – is used to assess the dynamic agility to monitor physical fitness of working-age adults for applications such as workplace wellness, physical therapy, and disability evaluation. TSAT measures the time required for a subject to rapidly step forward and back between two squares that are demarked by metal tape.
  • Grip Strength Test (GST) – is a measure of right and lieft grip force that has established reliability, validity and normative data. This test can help identify pre-existing health conditions and establish a pre-injury baseline to assess progress in response to fitness or rehab interventions.
  • Physical Activity Review– the screen ends with a brief review of current physical activities and barriers to physical fitness.

Other physical fitness tests may be added, such as Resting HR & Blood Pressure, Near Vision, Far Vision, Pinch Strength, Sub-maximal Step Test, Lift Tests, etc.


Participants receive a physical fitness report card that contains objective findings and follow-up recommendations to encourage physical fitness, safety, and productivity. Sponsoring employers receive a participant list and database output without personal identifiers to evaluate workforce fitness needs and support HIPPA employer incentives for wellness programs.

To arrange for WorkAbility Movement Screen services at work, call 866-772-1026 or email