Online Course
Assessing Muscle Length
Become more confident at evaulating muscle length in clinical practice

1-1.5 hours





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Jessica Bell
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Jessica is a physiotherapist and the Course Creation Manager at Physiopedia Plus

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Muscle length refers to the ability of a muscle crossing a joint or joints to lengthen, allowing these joints to move through their available range of motion. Muscle length has a significant impact on function. Effective movement requires full range of motion across our joints. Understanding muscle length is, therefore, important for our clinical assessment and treatment planning. This course explores muscle length and the principles of muscle length testing.


This course aims to provide foundational knowledge on the assessment of muscle length.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • discuss the basic characteristics of skeletal muscle
  • describe the two main testing methods to assess muscle length, three measurement tools, at least two factors that affect muscle length and key principles of the muscle length assessment
  • identify an appropriate test or testing position to assess muscle length for at least three muscles

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Jessica Bell: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
Excellent presentation that made everything shared easy to understand!
Mercyline Kibira
Occupational Therapist
This course is highly educative, detailed and well-presented. It is a must for every neuro rehab team member.
The course was rich and well-packaged simply for clinicians to augment their practice. I learned a lot, and my practice has changed from the first course I went through. Thank you so much!
Annur Abubakar
I recommend this course for students preparing for MSK OSCES!
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