a. Find the patella tendon (This should be done by a second person). Watch this video
Patella Tendon Palpitation
to help find the patella tendon
b. You (student taking this class) should be sited calmly on a chair with the Femur making a 90 degree angle with the Tibia.
c. At this point the individual assisting with this lab should proceed to strike your patella tendon quickly and firmly.
d. The assisting partner should do at least 5 repetition strikes to test for the patella reflex
e. Record the respond of your knee to the test in d.
f. Click and watch the
Patella Reflex Test
video as a reference video of what a patella test looks like
3. Next you and your assistant will test for the Babinski sign
Babinski Test Steps
b. Follow procedure shown in a.
c. For this test, I advise to use the blunt end of a spoon
Observe to see if your toes flex or extend.
d. Use the rubric below to write and submit a report on the test conducted.
Title: A suitable title for the experiments should be chosen
Introduction: This paragraph should contain introductory information about the reflexes
Materials & Methods: This section should briefly relay the methodology of each of the reflex tests carried out.
Discussion: This is the most important part of the report. Discuss results from both reflex tests carried out. Be sure to cite scientist journals to explain your results. A good source is PUBMED
Conclusion: This section should contain concluding remarks about the experiments carried out.
References: This section, usually on a separate page should contain citations used in the discussion. References should be written according to APA guidelines
Formatting: This report should be written using APA guidelines. i.e: Double Spaced, Times New Roman 12
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