Assessment of the rate of force development scaling factor for the hip muscles

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Introduction: The aim of this study was to evaluate test feasibility, validity, and reproducibility of the rate of force development scaling factor (RFD-SF) for the hip muscles. Methods: Feasibility was assessed as the testing compliance, validity as the ability to compute the RFD-SF from a linear regression, and reproducibility with a test–retest design in 20 healthy subjects. Reliability and agreement (reproducibility) were evaluated using intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC3,1) and percent standard error of measurement (SEM), respectively. Results: The RFD-SF testing protocol was completed successfully by all subjects, although the analysis had to be modified for hip rotators. Reliability was high (ICC3,1 > 0.70) for all muscles except hip abductors (ICC3,1 = 0.69) and internal rotators (ICC3,1 = 0.58). Agreement was high for all muscles (SEM < 10%). Conclusions: Hip adductor, flexor, and external rotator RFD-SF can be evaluated with confidence, provided the analysis is modified for external rotators, whereas hip abductor and internal rotator RFD-SF assessment is not recommended. Muscle Nerve 50: 932–938, 2014

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