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Bilateral isokinetic variables of the shoulder: a prediction model for young men.
  1. R C So,
  2. O T Siu,
  3. M K Chin,
  4. K M Chan
  1. Sports Science Department, Hong Kong Sports Institute, Shatin.


    Clinicians frequently want to know the pre-injury strength of an uninjured limb. The purpose of this study was to delineate the differences in bilateral isokinetic peak torque (PT) at 60 degrees and 240 degrees, and torque acceleration energy (TAE), average power (AP) and total work (TW) at 240 degrees during shoulder extension and flexion movements, and to develop a method to determine the expected maximal isokinetic variables of the dominant shoulder based upon isokinetic measurements from the non-dominant shoulder. Shoulder isokinetic measurements were obtained from 30 normal young male adults. While bilateral correlation was significant (P < 0.01), results also suggest significant bilateral differences P < 0.01). Thus, it is inappropriate to use the uninjured extremity to predict the pre-injured strength of the injured side without adjustment. In this investigation models were developed relating the expected maximal isokinetic measurement of the dominant shoulder to the non-dominant shoulder measurements.

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