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Dev Med Child Neurol. 2000 Jun;42(6):398-402.

Reliability of isokinetic strength measurements of the knee in children with cerebral palsy.

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Life Science Department, The Zinman College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Wingate Institute, Israel.


This study evaluates the reliability of isokinetic testing of the knee flexors and extensors in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Twelve children (seven girls, five boys), aged 9 to 15 years, participated in this study. The children's strength was measured bilaterally, using a dynamometer. Each participant was tested twice at an interval of 1 week. During each session, the participant performed five consecutive cycles of knee extension and flexion. Testing velocity was set at 90 degrees/s, and the range of motion was 80 degrees, starting with the knee flexed at 80 degrees and ending in full extension. The measured variable was the peak torque. Reliabilities were determined using intraclass coefficient (ICC) with two-way ANOVA model. The ICCs for individual sessions range from 0.90 to 0.99. ICCs for the eight repetitions over the two sessions range from 0.95 to 0.98. The findings indicate that measuring isokinetic strength in the tested population is highly reliable and should be considered in rehabilitation protocols.

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