Isokinetic Dynamometry in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury and Reconstruction
Academy of Medicine Singapore
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Science
The use of isokinetic dynamometry has often been criticised based on the face-validity argument that isokinetic movements poorly resemble the everyday multi-segmented, dynamic activities of human movements. In the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction or deficiency population where muscle deficits are ubiquitous, this review paper has made a case for using isokinetic dynamometry to isolate and quantify these deficits in a safe and controlled manner. More importantly, the usefulness of isokinetic dynamometry, as applied in individuals with ACL reconstruction or deficiency, is attested by its established known-group and convergent validity. Known-group validity is demonstrated by the extent to which a given isokinetic measure is able to identify individuals who could and could not resume pre-morbid athletic or strenuous activities with minimal functional limitations following an ACL injury. Convergent validity is demonstrated by the extent to which a given isokinetic measure closely associates with self-report measures of knee function in individuals with ACL reconstruction. A basic understanding of the measurement properties of isokinetic dynamometry will guide the clinicians in providing reasoned interventions and advancing the clinical care of their clients.