THE RELIABILITY OF THE FITRODYNE AS A MEASURE OF MUSCLE POWER


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Abstract

The FitroDyne is a device that attaches to conventional resistance-training equipment to measure speed of movement, from which muscle power is calculated. The aim of this study was to quantify the repeatability of the measurement of muscle power with the FitroDyne during squat jump and biceps curl exercises. Thirty male subjects completed 3 trials, each consisting of 6 squat jumps and 6 biceps curls of increasing loads. Upper body and lower body maximum power was predicted from the force-velocity curves derived from the range of weights used for each trial. Maximum power measurements of a squat jump (range, 911–1,673 W) and biceps curl (range, 45–110 W) had intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) of R = 0.97 (95% CI, 0.95–0.98) and R = 0.97 (95% CI, 0.95–0.98), respectively. The limits of agreement for the squat jump and biceps curl trials were 217 ± 96 W and 0.11 ± 13.90 W, respectively. It may be concluded that muscle power can be measured with a high degree of reliability with the FitroDyne. The limits of agreement need to be considered when data are interpreted.

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