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Joint torque variability and repeatability during cyclic flexion-extension of the elbow

Laurent Ballaz, Maxime Raison, Christine Detrembleur, Guillaume Gaudet and Martin Lemay

Article (2016)

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BACKGROUND: Joint torques are generally of primary importance for clinicians to analyze the effect of a surgery and to obtain an indicator of functional capability to perform a motion. Given the current need to standardize the functional evaluation of the upper limb, the aim of this paper is to assess (1) the variability of the calculated maximal elbow joint torque during cyclic elbow flexion-extension movements and (2) participant test-retest repeatability in healthy young adults. Calculations were based on an existing non-invasive method including kinematic identification and inverse dynamics processes. METHODS: Twelve healthy young adults (male n = 6) performed 10 elbow flexion-extension movement carrying five different dumbbells (0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 kg) with several flexion-extension frequencies ((1/2), (1)/3, (1/4) Hz) to evaluate peak elbow joint torques. RESULTS: Whatever the condition, the variability coefficient of trial peak torques remained under 4 %. Bland and Altman plot also showed good test-retest, whatever the frequency conditions for the 0, 1, 2, and 3 kg conditions. CONCLUSION: The good repeatability of the flexion-extension peak torques represents a key step to standardize the functional evaluation of the upper limb.

Uncontrolled Keywords

Elbow joint torques; Inverse dynamics; Kinematic solidification; Modeling; Repeatability; Variability

Subjects: 2100 Mechanical engineering > 2100 Mechanical engineering
2100 Mechanical engineering > 2102 Dynamics
Department: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Research Center: Other
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/4767/
Journal Title: BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation (vol. 8, no. 1)
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd
DOI: 10.1186/s13102-016-0033-1
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13102-016-0033-1
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2021 13:04
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2024 20:29
Cite in APA 7: Ballaz, L., Raison, M., Detrembleur, C., Gaudet, G., & Lemay, M. (2016). Joint torque variability and repeatability during cyclic flexion-extension of the elbow. BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation, 8(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13102-016-0033-1

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