Strength testing

Strength testing is the ability to test how strong you are through a particular motion or muscle. There is a known correlation between a reduction in strength and injury, which means that the stronger you are, the less likely you are to pick up an injury!

Some studies have reported figures of up to 50% reduction in injury rates by keeping the muscles strong.

We use a device, such as a handheld dynamometer, that physically measures how strong you are by providing us with a value that helps us fine tune which areas of improvement are required by objectively measuring your strength.

Why is it important

  1. Strength testing means we can identify potential areas of improvement which could reduce your risk of future injury.
  2. The values (measurement results) help inform the rehabilitation process. If you are unlucky enough to get an injury then the amount of strength in that area is commonly reduced, so we can test, measure it, provide a treatment plan and retest to ensure the area is improving.

How do we use it in clinic?

We measure strength at the start of your rehabilitation programme as this enables us to prioritise key exercises needed to support your rehabilitation plan.

At the end of the rehabilitation programme, we will repeat the measures. The majority of our patients will see an improvement with some individuals seeing a 300% improvement in strength.

Strength testing is helpful in education on how to maintain progress and get back to daily activities or support training programmes.

Lastly, strength testing information helps us use evidence to support our clinical decisions. This is called evidence informed practice and is used in many healthcare services.

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