What is it about?

The aim of the present study was to provide alternative means of measurement and evaluation of muscle strength in rehabilitation practice and diagnostics. In the last few years many electronic devices for evaluation of muscle strength have developed. Contemporary studies have shown that in addition to the standard manual muscle testing muscle strength can be assessed more objectively and analytically using electronic dynamometers and equipment. The strain gauges are used as a tool of precision in the industry that allows measurement of mechanical loads by dynamometers. By using these tools is possible to obtain continuous digital measurement and recording of muscle strength.

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Why is it important?

include equipment, MMT has a clear advantage in terms of portability and cost. HGD are transported comfortably and are not too expensive. However, they are not easily adapted to measure the actions in hand other than grip. HHD are easily transportable and generally more expensive than dynamometers HGD, but are easily applicable to the study of more than 15 muscle actions of the limbs and trunk.

Perspectives

Hand-held dynamometers have been fi xed rigidly or stabilized via straps in several studies. While removing the issue of tester strength from the results obtained, fi xation also adds to the time required to test multiple muscle actions. Compared with fi xed isokinetic dynamometer (IKD), MMT and manual dynamometers (HHD), fi xed dynamometers have greater “fl exibility” of the application and can be used to assess the maximum force

Stefka Mindova
Rusenski universitet Angel Kunchev

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This page is a summary of: Procedural Options for Measuring Muscle Strength, Acta Medica Bulgarica, January 2016, De Gruyter, DOI: 10.1515/amb-2016-0020.
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