Exploring the issue of ‘functionality’ in isokinetic dynamometry


*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (journal)peer-review

11 Downloads (Pure)


Strength is a primary and modifiable contributor to performance, injury risk, and rehabilitative success. The gold standard measure of strength is the isokinetic dynamometer, providing the clinician with opportunity to manipulate contraction modality, range, and speed about a joint. However, criticism has highlighted a lack of functional relevance, with arbitrary selection of speed across full range. To better understand function, biomechanical analysis of movement can inform a bespoke isokinetic data collection protocol. In this case we use walking gait, a function goal for daily living and clinically assessed following knee replacement surgery for example. Concentric knee flexor and extensor demand was evident at an average angular velocity of 70°·s-1, whilst eccentric knee flexor and extensor demands were evident at speeds of 192°·s-1 and 165°·s-1 respectively. The efficacy of isokinetic dynamometry would be enhanced with bespoke data collection protocols which better reflect the functional demands of the clinical movement objective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalResearch in Sports Medicine
Early online date19 Sept 2023
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sept 2023


  • Isokinetic dynamometer
  • musculoskeletal screening
  • rehabilitation

Research Groups

  • Sports Injuries Research Group


Dive into the research topics of 'Exploring the issue of ‘functionality’ in isokinetic dynamometry'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this