Motor Measures

NIH Toolbox® Motor Batteries

The NIH Toolbox Motor Battery is recommended for ages 7+ and consists of tests to assess Dexterity, Grip Strength, Standing Balance, Gait Speed, and Endurance.

The NIH Toolbox Early Childhood Motor Battery is recommended for ages 3-6 and consists of tests to assess Dexterity, Grip Strength, Standing Balance, and Endurance.

NIH Toolbox Motor Battery – Ages 18+

ConstructMeasureDescriptionTest Time (minutes)
Materials Required
Preview
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Dexterity9-hole Pegboard Dexterity Test Age 3+One’s ability to coordinate the fingers and manipulate objects in a timely manner.

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StrengthGrip Strength Test Age 3+The capacity of a muscle to produce the tension and power necessary for maintaining posture, initiating movement, or controlling movement during conditions of loading the musculoskeletal system.time3 shopping cart iconWatch Demo VideoRead User Guide View Online Training
BalanceStanding Balance Test Age 7+The ability to orient the body in space, maintain an upright posture under both static and dynamic conditions, and move and walk without falling.time7 shopping cart iconWatch Demo VideoRead User Guide View Online Training
Endurance2-Minute Walk Endurance Test Age 3+The ability to sustain effort that requires conjoint work capacities from cardiopulmonary function, biomechanical, and neuromuscular function.  time4 shopping cart iconWatch Demo VideoRead User Guide View Online Training
Locomotion4 Meter Walk Gait Speed Test Age 7+Measures locomotion. Participants walk a short distance at their usual pace, completing one practice and two timed trials. Scores are recorded as time in seconds required to walk 4 meters on each of two trials, with the better trial used for scoring.  time3 shopping cart iconWatch Demo VideoRead User Guide View Online Training

time1 = time to complete in minutes

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The NIH Toolbox Motor measures were developed by a multi-institutional team of measurement experts as part of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.

NIH Toolbox Motor Battery – Ages 7-17

ConstructMeasureDescriptionTest Time (minutes)
Materials RequiredPreview
ManualeLearning
Dexterity9-hole Pegboard Dexterity Test Age 3+One’s ability to coordinate the fingers and manipulate objects in a timely manner.

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StrengthGrip Strength Test Age 3+Measures muscle strength. Participants are seated in a chair with feet touching the ground with the elbow bent to 90 degrees, arm near the trunk, wrist at neutral. Participants squeeze the dynamometer as hard as they can for a count of three. The dynamometer provides a digital reading of force in pounds.time3 shopping cart iconWatch Demo VideoRead User GuideView Online Training
BalanceStanding Balance Test Age 7+Measures static standing balance. Participant assumes and maintains up to five poses for 50 seconds each. Poses include: solid surface; foam surface;  eyes open in tandem stance on a solid surface. Postural sway is recorded for each pose using an iPod Touch that the participant wears at waist level.time7 shopping cart iconWatch Demo VideoRead User GuideView Online Training
Endurance2-Minute Walk Endurance Test Age 3+The ability to sustain effort that requires conjoint work capacities from cardiopulmonary function, biomechanical, and neuromuscular function.

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Locomotion4 Meter Walk Gait Speed Test Age 7+Measures locomotion. Participants are asked to walk a short distance at their usual pace, completing one practice and then two timed trials. Raw scores are recorded as the time in seconds required to walk 4 meters on each of the two trials, with the better trial used for scoring.time4 shopping cart iconWatch Demo VideoRead User GuideView Online Training

time1 = time to complete in minutes

shopping cart icon = additional materials or equipment needed

The NIH Toolbox Motor measures were developed by a multi-institutional team of measurement experts as part of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.

NIH Toolbox Motor Battery – Ages 3-6

ConstructMeasureDescriptionTest Time (minutes)
Materials RequiredPreview
ManualeLearning
Dexterity9-hole Pegboard Dexterity Test Age 3+One’s ability to coordinate the fingers and manipulate objects in a timely manner.

time4

 shopping cart iconWatch Demo VideoRead User Guide View Online Training
StrengthGrip Strength Test Age 3+Measures muscle strength. Participants are seated in a chair and squeeze the dynamometer as hard as they can for a count of three. The dynamometer provides a digital reading of force in pounds.time3 shopping cart iconWatch Demo VideoRead User GuideView Online Training
BalanceStanding Balance Test Ages 3-6Measures static standing balance. Participant assumes and maintains up to five poses for 50 seconds each.  Postural sway is recorded for each pose using an iPod Touch that the participant wears at waist level.time7 shopping cart iconWatch Demo VideoRead User GuideView Online Training
Endurance2-Minute Walk Endurance Test Age 3+The ability to sustain effort that requires conjoint work capacities from cardiopulmonary function, biomechanical, and neuromuscular function.

time4

 shopping cart iconWatch Demo VideoRead User GuideView Online Training

time1 = time to complete in minutes

shopping cart icon = additional materials or equipment needed

The NIH Toolbox Motor measures were developed by a multi-institutional team of measurement experts as part of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.