The aim of the present study was to evaluate the level of agreement between the routinely used "multiple-load method" and a simple "two-load method" based on direct assessment of the F-V relationship from only 2 external loads applied. Twelve participants were tested on the maximum performance vertical jumps, cycling, bench press throws, and bench pull performed against a variety of different loads. All four tested tasks revealed both exceptionally strong relationships between the parameters of the 2 methods (median R = 0.98) and a lack of meaningful differences between their magnitudes (fixed bias below 3.4%). Therefore, addition of another load to the standard tests of various functional tasks typically conducted under a single set of mechanical conditions could allow for the assessment of the muscle mechanical properties, such as the muscle F, V, and P producing capacities.
Suzovic, Dejan; Zivkovic, Milena Z.; Djuric, Sasa; Cuk, Ivan; and Jaric, Slobodan
"A SIMPLE METHOD FOR ASSESSMENT OF MUSCLE MECHANICAL CAPACITIES FROM FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT TASKS,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 35
, Article 112.
Available at: http://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol35/iss1/112