Reliability and Validity of the End Range Hamstring Strength Test with Handheld Dynamometry.

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Reliability and Validity of the End Range Hamstring Strength Test with Handheld Dynamometry.

Kristiansen J, Eddy C, Magnusson SP.

 

ABSTRACT

Background and Purpose: Hamstring strength testing is crucial in assessing this important muscle group during rehabilitation and injury prevention. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of measuring strength in a maximally lengthened position using a handheld dynamometer (HHD) compared to isokinetic testing.

Methods: Twenty healthy and active participants were recruited, and isometric strength testing was performed both on the Biodex machine and isometric end-range hamstring testing with the HHD on two occasions.

Results: Significant strong correlations (r= 0.87, p < 0.0001) were found between strength testing on the Biodex machine and the HHD for both the right and left sides. Bland-Altman plots demonstrated agreement between the two measurements. Excellent intra-rater reliability (ICC= 0.91-0.93) and moderate to good inter-rater reliability (ICC = 0.71-0.83) for the HHD test was demonstrated.

Conclusions: The HHD provides a reliable and valid alternative to isokinetic testing for assessing hamstring strength in a maximally lengthened position. This assessment can be valuable in monitoring rehabilitation progress and detecting deficits before and after returning to play. The HHD is an accessible and cost-effective option for assessing hamstring strength at long lengths in a clinical setting.

Level of Evidence: 3

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