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Work Ready 2.0 Criteria

Below you can find the testing criteria for the Work Ready 2.0 program along with videos demonstrating the exercise. Click on the assessment to see the corresponding demo video and scoring chart. ALL EMPLOYEES THAT SKI/RIDE MUST COMPLETE A MINIMUM OF TIER I ANNUALLY. IF YOU PASS TIER III YOU CAN SKIP ONE FULL YEAR OF TESTING. (PLEASE NOTE- The exercise demo videos below are in the process of being updated. There is NO requirement of Tier II for those who ski/ride expert terrain.)

WR 2.0 Description- Printable sheet

Assessment Description of Test Job-Related Physical Demands Assessed Testing Criteria
Aerobic: YMCA Three Minute Step Test The individual will step up onto a 12″ step with one foot followed by the other for 3 minutes. The individual is expected to follow a metronome at 96 beats per minute, which will equal 24 steps per minute. Steps will be done in an up-up-down-down sequence with either leg leading. At the end of three minutes the individual will immediately sit down so the assessor can measure their HR for one full minute. The test assesses an individual’s aerobic efficiency, replicating the physical demands and simulating the metabolic equivalents (METS) posed when skiing or riding and working in alpine environments.

Tier 0: Falls “Below average” age expected HR parameters

Tier I: Falls “Average” age expected HR parameters

Tier II: Falls “Above Average” age expected HR parameters

Tier III: Falls “Good” or above age expected HR parameters

Upper Body Strength: YMCA Push Up Test The individual will perform as many push ups as possible until they either stop voluntarily or lose form for two consecutive repetitions. Reps are only counted if the chest touches an objected placed on the ground that is roughly one fist’s width. Men will start in a standard “military style” position, while women will start from a knee bent position. The test assesses an individual’s core and upper body endurance, replicating physical demands posed by skiing and riding when changing directions, terrain changes, lifting, carrying and holding. Core and upper body strength is essential to adapt to varying terrain changing condition while skiing or riding.

Tier 0: Less than 20th Percentile

Tier I: 20th-49th Percentile

Tier II: 50th-89th Percentile

Tier III: 90+ Percentile

Lower Body Strength: Dead Lift The individual will start in a squat with the lift box in front of them. They must pick the box up from the handles which are 12″ off the ground and then lift the box to their knuckle height. This test assesses an individual’s lifting ability, replicating the physical demands posed by assisting guests or lifting ski and ride equipment and on-mountain equipment such as signage, bamboo, tools or toboggans.

Tier 0: Lift less than 50 lbs 3x

Tier I: Lift 50 lbs 3x

Tier II: Lift 100 lbs 3x

Tier III: Lift 100 lbs 5x

Lower Body Strength: Single Leg Squat This is an ACL screening tool. The individual is asked to stand in single limb support with the hands on the waist, the knee straight and the foot positioned close to the edge of an 8″ step. The contralateral leg is positioned over the floor adjacent to the step and is maintained with the knee in extension. The patient then bends the tested knee until the contralateral leg gently contacts the floor and then re-extends the knee to the starting position. This maneuver is repeated for 5 repetitions. This test assesses for ACL injuries as well as total body coordination and bodyweight management in the context of single leg strength and control.

Removal of hand from waist +1, Leaning in any direction +1, Loss of horizontal plane +1, Tibial Tuberosity medial to second toe +1, Tibial Tuberosity medial to medial border of foot +2, Individual steps onto non-tested limb, or foot wavered from side to side +1.

Tier 0: unable to perform 5 repetitions

Tier I: score of 4 or more

Tier II: score of 2 or 3

Tier III: score of 0 or 1

Lateral Core Endurance: Side Plank Individuals will lay on their sides with legs extended and top foot in front of bottom foot for support. Individuals will use their opposite arm to help lift their hips off the ground then cross it across their chest which will start the timer. The test ends when an individual’s hips touch the ground. This test assesses an individual’s core strength and endurance specifically replicating the rotary component posed by skiing and riding when navigating uneven terrain, adjusting to lateral movement, carrying, lifting and holding. Core strength is essential to adapt to varying terrain and changing conditions while skiing or riding.

Tier 0: 0-29 seconds

Tier I: 30-59 seconds

Tier II: 60-89 seconds

Tier III: 90+ seconds 

Flexibility: Sit and Reach This test involves sitting on the floor with legs stretched out straight ahead. Must be done without shoes. The soles of the feet are placed flat against a flexibility box. With the palms facing downwards, middle fingers aligned, the individual reaches forward along the measuring line as far as possible and holds for 2 seconds. Individual will be given three attempts on sit-and-reach flexibility. This test assesses an individual’s flexibility, replicating the physical demands posed while skiing or riding when changing direction and moving laterally, terrain changes, and lifting, carrying and holding.

Tier 0: Less than 20th Percentile

Tier I: 20th-49th Percentile

Tier II: 50th-80th Percentile

Tier III: 90+ Percentile

Agility: Hexagon Drill A hexagon with 66cm sides is set up on the floor with masking tape. The individual will start facing forward and remain forward the entire test. On the command “GO” the individual will hop to side A and back to the center, following by B, etc. When the individual jumps back to the middle after side F, they will have completed one circuit. Three circuits should be performed. If the athlete jumps over the wrong line or doesn’t cross the line, the test should be restarted. Only three attempts are permitted. This test assesses an individual’s agility, replicating the physical demands posed while skiing or riding when stopping, turning, changing directions suddenly, adapting to uneven, varying terrain, and moving in both directions.

Tier 0: More than 54.7 sec

Tier I: 54.7 – 36.5 sec

Tier II: 36.4 – 34.4 sec

Tier III: 34.3 sec and less

Power: Vertical Jump Test The individual is asked to squat down with both feet flat on the ground. Then with a sudden burst, extend their legs to perform a jump straight up in the air while simultaneously reaching their arm in the air. The purpose of this test is to get as high as they can vertically in the air with their arm up. Three attempts are permitted. This test is measuring lower body power. It is to assess the power of the lower body when faced with difficult terrain or bumps. It can also assess the landing technique if the skiier is airborne.

Tier 0: Poor: Less than 8″

Tier I: Below Average: 8.0″ – 12″

Tier II: Average: 12″- 16″

Tier III: Above Average 16″ and above

Balance: Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) This is a neurological screen for brain injuries. This test involves assessing an individual’s ability to balance on two different surfaces and three different positions, all with eyes closed and hands on hips. Each assessment is 20 seconds while every deviation from the starting posture is counted as an error. The first is a double limb stance with feet together. The second is a single leg stance on the non dominant side. The third is a tandem stance with the non dominant leg behind. All tests are then repeated on ta foam pad. Shoes and/or orthotics may be worn. The test is primarily used as a neurological screen to assess for brain injuries such as concussions. It also assesses an individual’s ability to balance, replicating the physical demands posed while skiing and riding and when changing directions, moving laterally, and navigating ski runs. Responding to unexpected terrain changes, varying conditions, and poor visibility require balance.

Tier 0: Falls “Below Average” age expected parameters

Tier I: Falls “Broadly Normal” age expected parameters

Tier II: Falls “Above Average” age expected parameters

Tier III: Falls “Superior” age expected parameters