Reliability of a standing isokinetic shoulder rotators strength test using a functional electromechanical dynamometer: effects of velocity
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AuthorMartínez García, Dario; Rodríguez Perea, Ángela; Chirosa Ríos, Ignacio Jesús; Chirosa Ríos, Luis Javier
Martinez-Garcia D, Rodriguez-Perea A, Barboza P, Ulloa-Díaz D, Jerez-Mayorga D, Chirosa I, Chirosa Ríos LJ. 2020. Reliability of a standing isokinetic shoulder rotators strength test using a functional electromechanical dynamometer: effects of velocity. PeerJ 8:e9951 http://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.9951
Background. The evaluation of the force in internal rotation (IR) and external rotation (ER) of the shoulder is commonly used to diagnose possible pathologies or disorders in the glenohumeral joint and to assess patient’s status and progression over time. Currently, there is new technology of multiple joint isokinetic dynamometry that allows to evaluate the strength in the human being. The main purpose of this study was to determine the absolute and relative reliability of concentric and eccentric internal and external shoulder rotators with a functional electromechanical dynamometer (FEMD). Methods. Thirty-two male individuals (21.46 ± 2.1 years) were examined of concentric and eccentric strength of shoulder internal and external rotation with a FEMD at velocities of 0.3 m s−1 and 0.6 m s−1 . Relative reliability was determined by intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC). Absolute reliability was quantified by standard error of measurement (SEM) and coefficient of variation (CV). Systematic differences across velocities testing circumstances, were analyzed with dependent t tests or repeatedmeasures analysis of variance in case of two or more than two conditions, respectively. Results. Reliability was high to excellent for IR and ER on concentric and eccentric strength measurements, regardless of velocity used (ICC: 0.81–0.98, CV: 5.12–8.27% SEM: 4.06–15.04N). Concentric outcomes were more reliable than eccentric due to the possible familiarization of the population with the different stimuli. Conclusion. All procedures examined showed high to excellent reliability for clinical use. However, a velocity of 0.60 m s−1 should be recommended for asymptomatic male patients because it demands less time for evaluation and patients find it more comfortable.