Isokinetic dynamometry for assessment of muscle strength and joint function – a webinar

By the end of this isokinetic dynamometry webinar, attendees should be able to be able to apply the most appropriate techniques for the measurement of muscle strength and joint function (as suggested by the BASES Biomechanics guidelines).

This webinar was broadcast on February 23rd, 2016, at 3:00 PM GMT and presented by Bill Baltzopoulos.

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The assessment of muscle strength by measuring the joint moment using isokinetic dynamometry is affected by a number of mechanical and neuromuscular factors.

Understanding the effects of these factors on reliability and validity of dynamometry parameters is essential for the correct interpretation of muscle strength and joint function measurements and their relationship to performance.

More specifically to:

  • identify the mechanical parameters used to describe human strength and their measurement in different populations using various types of equipment
  • describe the differences between dynamometer moment, joint moment and muscle moment
  • describe the parameters that affect the reliability and validity of strength parameters
  • describe the factors that allow correct interpretation of the relationship between dynamic strength and performance parameters
  • enable the participants to apply appropriate correction methods for the accurate assessment of muscle strength

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About the presenter

Bill Baltzopoulos is a BASES-accredited biomechanist (research) and has served as Chair of the Biomechanics section and representative to the Education & Training Committee. His main interests include the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system and the measurement and modelling of joint and muscle function during different activities, including isokinetic dynamometry, training and rehabilitation exercises and various sports. He is one of the main authors of the various BASES guidelines related to muscle strength and isokinetic dynamometry and the organiser of the BASES workshops in these areas. He is also the lead author of the recent BASES expert position statement on assessment of muscle strength with isokinetic dynamometry.

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