The relationship between lower extremity isokinetic work and single-leg functional hop-work test

Robert English, Mary Brannock, Ting Chik Wan, Laura S. Eastwood, Tim Uhl

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Context: Lower extremity functional testing assesses strength, power, and neuromuscular control. There are only moderate correlations between distance hopped and isokinetic strength measures. Objective: Determine if incorporating body weight in the single-leg hop for distance increases the correlation to isokinetic measures. Study Design: Correlational study. Setting: Musculoskeletal laboratory. Participants: 30 healthy college students; 15 men and 15 women; ages 18 to 30 years. Main Outcome Measures: Isokinetic average peak torque and total work of quadriceps and hamstrings and single-leg hop work and distance. Results: Significant correlations include hop work to total-work knee extension (r = .89), average peak-torque knee extension (r = .88), distance hopped to total-work knee extension (r = .56) and average peak-torque knee extension (r = .63). Correlations involving hop work were greater than distance hopped (P < .05). Conclusions: Use of body weight in the assessment of distance hopped provides better information about the patient's lower extremity strength and ability than the distance hopped alone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-104
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Sport Rehabilitation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2006


  • Functional outcome measure
  • Knee
  • Strength

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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