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J Athl Train. 2004 Jul;39(3):268-77.

The hoffmann reflex: methodologic considerations and applications for use in sports medicine and athletic training research.

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University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To discuss the proper methods used to elicit the Hoffmann reflex (H-reflex) and to present different situations in which this tool can be used in sports medicine research.

DATA SOURCES:

We searched MEDLINE and SPORT Discus from 1960 to 2004 using the key words Hoffmann reflex, H-reflex, and methodology. The remaining citations were collected from references of similar papers.

DATA SYNTHESIS:

Numerous authors have used the H-reflex as a tool to examine neurologic conditions. However, few have used the H-reflex to examine neuromuscular impairments after sport injuries. Several studies were available describing the appropriate methods to elicit the H-reflex and examining the reliability of this measurement in different muscles.

CONCLUSIONS/RECOMMENDATIONS:

The H-reflex is a valuable tool to evaluate neurologic function in various populations. However, because of the sensitivity of this measurement to extraneous factors, care must be taken when eliciting the H-reflex. We discuss recommendations on how to elicit the H-reflex and how to appropriately present methods in a manuscript.

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16558683
PMCID:
PMC522151
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