Inter- and intrarater reliability of four single-legged hop tests and isokinetic muscle torque measurements in children
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Single-legged hop tests and isokinetic muscle torque are common outcome measures in the evaluation of knee function. The reliability of the single-legged hop tests in children has not been documented. The aim was to examine inter- and intrarater reliability of four single-legged hop tests and isokinetic muscle torque measurements in children.
Twenty-eight sports-active children (12.4 ± 0.3 years old) were tested three times in two test sessions separated by 1 week. They performed four single-legged hop tests and concentric isokinetic torque measurements during knee extension and flexion. Inter- and intrarater reliability were calculated using the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC 2,1). Relative terms of the standard error of measurement (SEM %) and smallest real difference (SRD %) were emphasized to allow comparison between the different variables.
Twenty-six children were included for statistical analysis. ICCs for inter- and intrarater reliability were moderate to high for the hop tests (0.62–0.91) and isokinetic measurements (0.76–0.87). SEMs % were low for the hop tests (3.9–7.4 %) and the isokinetic measurements (5.2–8.9 %). SRDs % were 20.5 % or less for the hop tests, 15.7 % or less for knee extension, and 24.6 % or less for knee flexion.
The single-legged hop tests and isokinetic muscle torque measurements demonstrated moderate-to-high reliability with low measurement error in sports-active children. A change above 20.5 % for the single-legged hop tests, 15.7 % for knee extension, and 24.6 % for knee flexion is necessary to represent a real change in knee function.
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KeywordsPerformance-based tests Lower extremity Hop tests Isokinetic dynamometry Muscle strength Reproducibility of results
We would like to thank Kristin Bølstad for help with the preparation of the study. Maren Hjelle Guddal, Arnhild Bakken, Nina Markussen, and Carina Wold are acknowledged for their assistance on the test days. Thanks to Professor Ingar Holme, at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, for helpful advice on the statistical analysis. Additionally, the Norwegian Sports Medicine Clinic (NIMI) is acknowledged for the contribution of infrastructure.
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The authors declare that there are no conflict of interests.
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