Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Amyotroph Lateral Scler. 2007 Feb;8(1):47-55.

Maximum voluntary isometric contraction: reference values and clinical application.

Author information

1
School of Physiotherapy, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland. smeldrum@rcsi.ie

Erratum in

  • Amyotroph Lateral Scler. 2008;9(1):63.

Abstract

Maximum voluntary isometric contraction (MVIC) is a standardized method for measurement of muscle strength in patients with neuromuscular disease. Values obtained from MVIC testing are difficult to interpret at present as normative data are limited. The objective of this study was to generate reference values for MVIC. A convenience sample of 494 healthy men and women aged 20-76 years was recruited. MVIC testing was performed on nine muscle groups bilaterally: neck flexors, shoulder abductors, shoulder adductors, elbow and knee flexors and extensors, and hip and ankle flexors. MVIC was performed using the Quantitative Muscle Assessment system. Age and sex related reference values were calculated for each muscle group using quantile regression. A clinical reporting system was developed to facilitate interpretation of patient values with reference to normal percentiles. Reference values generated from this study can be used to determine the presence and extent of muscle weakness in a given population and to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment interventions.

PMID:
17364436
DOI:
10.1080/17482960601012491
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Taylor & Francis
    Loading ...
    Support Center