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|Title:||Clinical tests of ankle plantarflexor strength do not predict ankle power generation during walking.|
|Epworth Authors:||Kahn, Michelle|
Traumatic Brain Injury
Manner or style of walking
Physiotherapy Department, Epworth Healthcare, Melbourne, Australia
|Citation:||2014 Aug 14|
|Abstract:||Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between a clinical test of ankle plantarflexor strength and ankle power generation (APG) at push-off during walking. Design: This is a prospective cross-sectional study of 102 patients with traumatic brain injury. Outcome Measures: Handheld dynamometry was used to measure ankle plantarflexor strength. Three-dimensional gait analysis was performed to quantify ankle power generation at push-off during walking. Results: Ankle plantarflexor strength was only moderately correlated with ankle power generation at push-off (r = 0.43, P < 0.001; 95% confidence interval, 0.26-0.58). There was also a moderate correlation between ankle plantarflexor strength and self-selected walking velocity (r = 0.32, P = 0.002; 95% confidence interval, 0.13-0.48). Conclusions: Handheld dynamometry measures of ankle plantarflexor strength are only moderately correlated with ankle power generation during walking. This clinical test of ankle plantarflexor strength is a poor predictor of calf muscle function during gait in people with traumatic brain injury.|
|Journal Title:||American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation|
|Affiliated Organisations:||The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
Melbourne School of Health Sciences, Carlton, Victoria, Australia
|Type of Clinical Study or Trial:||Prospective Cohort Study|
|Appears in Collections:||Rehabilitation|
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