A New Reliable Device to Assess Trunk Extensors Strength

Waleska Reyes-Ferrada, Luis Chirosa-Ríos, Ignacio Chirosa-Ríos, Darío Martínez-García, Paola Barboza-Gonzalez, David Ulloa-Díaz, Daniel Jerez-Mayorga, Ángela Rodríguez-Perea

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Purpose: This study aims to examine the reliability of trunk extensor strength assessment with a functional electromechanical dynamometer (FEMD). Methods: Thirty-one men performed strength assessment at different velocities (V) (V1=0.15 m·s−1, V2=0.30 m·s−1, V3=0.45 m·s−1) and range of movement (R) (R1=25% cm; R2=50% cm), and isometric contraction at 90º. Reliability was obtained through the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC), typical error (TE), and coefficient of variation (CV). Results: The absolute reliability provided stable repeatability of the average eccentric strength in the V1R1 condition (CV=9.52%) and the maximum eccentric strength in V1R1 (CV=9.63%) and V2R2 (CV=9.66%). The relative reliability of the trunk extensor's average strength was good (ICC=0.77-0.83) for concentric and good (ICC=0.78-0.85) and moderate (ICC=0.67-0.74) for eccentric contraction. Also, good (ICC=0.77-0.81) and moderate (ICC=0.55-0.74) reliability of the maximum strength were obtained for concentric and eccentric contraction. The most reliable manifestation to evaluate the concentric (CV=11.33%) and eccentric (CV=9.52%) strength was the average strength in the V1R1 condition and the maximum strength (CV=10.29%) to isometric assessment. The average concentric strength in the V2R2 condition (r=0.69) and the maximum eccentric strength in the V1R1 condition (r=0.65) were the best related to the maximum isometric strength. Conclusion: FEMD is a highly reliable device to evaluate trunk extensors strength.

Original languageEnglish
JournalActa of Bioengineering and Biomechanics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • core
  • dynamometer
  • isokinetic
  • reproducibility
  • strength

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering


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