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J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact, 2013; 13(4): 480-6, PMID: 24292618

Intra- and inter-rater reliability of jumping mechanography muscle function assessments.

Year: 2013

Matheson LA, Duffy S, Maroof A, Gibbons R, Duffy C, Roth J
Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, Children"s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, ON.


Muscle function can be assessed through jumping mechanography, where portable ground reaction force plates collect dynamic information as a subject jumps. The aim of this study was to assess both intra- and inter- rater reliability of jumping mechanography. Ten healthy adults underwent 3 sets of testing (collected by 3 different raters) at two separate sessions, one week apart. They performed a number of tests in each session: multiple one-legged hopping (M1LH; on right and left legs) and single two-legged jumps (S2LJ; with or without arm swing). The S2LJ assessed variables of power per body mass, jump height, velocity and efficiency; whereas, M1LH assessed maximum force per body mass and stiffness. Inter-rater coefficients of variation (CV) were less than 0.6% and 2.6% for the S2LJ and M1LH, respectively, for the primary outcome variables of power/body mass and force/body mass. Analyzing intra-rater results also produced CVs less than 5.3% for all variables. The present study reports that the Leonardo ground reaction force plate system yields reproducible results between sessions, without significant contribution of variability from the test operator. Jumping mechanography is an easy, safe and reliable method for the assessment of lower limb musculoskeletal function.

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