Kathy Dufur, MPT, ATC

Kathy Dufur, Physical Therapist

Question: I applied for a new job and have been offered employment contingent on passing a functional test conducted at a physical therapy clinic. Why is this necessary and what should I expect at this test.

Answer: Many employers perform a post offer functional test to determine if an employee can perform the functional demands of a job. Tests of this nature typically entail a medical history, range of motion testing, strength testing and a lifting assessment, specific to the job the employee is applying for. Post offer tests protect both the employer and the employee and also provide a baseline of the employee for comparison if a work related injury occurs. Post offer tests can decrease the number of work related injuries
by making sure an employee can perform the required duties safely. For additional information, contact Kathy at STARS at 288-4670.