A Trend Analysis of the In Vivo Quadriceps Femoris Angle-Specific Torque-Velocity Relationship

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
David H. Perrin, Former Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: To adequately assess isokinetic human muscle performance, it is important for clinicians to understand how the muscle functions across a range of velocities. Thus, the purpose of this study was to re-examine the in vivo quadriceps torque-velocity relationship using trend analysis. Twelve uninjured university-age females performed three concentric and eccentric contractions at velocities of 0, 25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150, 175, and 200°/sec on the Kin-Corn isokinetic dynamometer. A trend analysis was performed on the angle-specific torques at 30, 60, and 75° of knee flexion. The results indicated that the concentric and eccentric relationships at 30° and the concentric relationship at 60° were represented by a third-order polynomial, and a linear relationship was found for concentric contractions at 75°. There were no significant trends for the eccentric relationship at 60 and 75°, suggesting that they were best described by the grand mean. These results suggest that muscular torque production varies across velocities and contraction modes and that this relationship varies depending on the joint angle of torque measurement.

Additional Information

Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 25:316-322
Language: English
Date: 1997
Dynamic Muscle Strength, Knee, Joint Angle

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