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Type: Journal article
Title: The Biodex Isokinetic Dynamometer for knee strength assessment in children: Advantages and limitations
Author: Tsiros, M.
Grimshaw, P.
Shield, A.
Buckley, J.
Citation: Work, 2011; 39(2 Sp Iss):161-167
Publisher: IOS Press
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 1051-9815
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Margarita D. Tsiros, Paul N. Grimshaw, Anthony J. Shield and Jonathan D. Buckley
Abstract: Objective: To critically appraise the Biodex System 4 isokinetic dynamometer for strength assessment of children. Methods: Appraisal was based on experiences from two independent laboratories involving testing of 213 children. Issues were recorded and the manufacturer was consulted regarding appropriate solutions. Results: The dynamometer had insufficient height adjustment for alignment of the knee for some children, requiring the construction of padding to better fit the child within the dynamometer. Potential for entrapment of the non-testing leg was evident in the passive and eccentric modes and a leg bracket restraint was constructed. Automated gravity correction did not operate when protocols were linked or data was exported to an external device. Conclusions: Limitations were noted, some of which were applicable to knee strength testing in general and others which were specific to use with children. However, most of these obstacles could be overcome, making the Biodex System 4 suitable for assessment of knee strength in children.
Keywords: Child
muscle strength
critical appraisal
Rights: (c) 2011 IOS Press
DOI: 10.3233/WOR-2011-1162
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