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Res Q Exerc Sport. 2006 Mar;77(1):58-63.

Knee extensor and flexor torque development with concentric and eccentric isokinetic training.

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  • 1Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA. millerle@vt.edu


This study assessed muscular torque and rate of torque development following concentric (CON) or eccentric (ECC) isokinetic training. Thirty-eight women were randomly assigned to either CON or ECC training groups. Training consisted of knee extension and flexion of the nondominant leg three times per week for 20 weeks (SD = 1). Eccentric training increased ECC knee extension and flexion peak torque more than CON training. The ECC group improved acceleration time and time to peak torque with ECC movements versus the CON group. Slow-velocity ECC isokinetic training yielded greater ECC and similar CON torque development gains versus CON training over the course of 20 weeks in young women.

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