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While considerable research has targeted physical performance in older adults, less is known about the ability to rise from the floor among community-dwelling elders. The purposes of the study were to (1) examine physical performance correlates of timed supine to stand performance and (2) identify the predominant motor pattern used to complete floor rise. Fifty-three community-dwelling adults over the age of 60 (x = 78.5 ± 8.5; 36 [68%] females) performed a timed supine to stand test and physical performance assessments. Forty-eight subjects (90.6%) demonstrated an initial roll with asymmetrical squat sequence when rising to stand. Supine to stand performance time was significantly correlated with all physical performance tests, including gait speed (r = −.61; p < .001), grip strength (r = −.30; p < .05), and Timed Up and Go (TUG) performance (r = .71; p < .001). Forty-eight percent of the variance in rise time (p < .001) was attributed to TUG velocity. Findings serve to enhance both functional performance assessment and floor rise interventions.

Klima, Anderson, Samrah, and Patel are with the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD. Chui is with the Department of Physical Therapy, Sacred Heart University, Hartford, CT. Newton is professor emeritus with the Department of Physical Therapy, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Address author correspondence to Dennis Wayne Klima at dwklima@umes.edu.