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Research project: Development of novel dynamometry for the assessment of muscle strength and endurance in epidemiological studies on older people - Completed

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This project aimed to develop suitable equipment and test methods for measuring arm and leg muscle strength and endurance in older people.  We intend to use the equipment developed for testing large numbers of people out in the community, rather than in a research laboratory.   This work links with existing research in the MRC Epidemiology and Resource Centre in Southampton

The aims of this research were: (1) to develop a portable test rig and transducer for measuring quadriceps muscle strength and endurance; (2) to evaluate measurements of handgrip endurance obtained from two commercially available grip dynamometers. 

Portable and cost effective methodologies for measuring muscle function appropriate for use in epidemiological studies have been developed.  Through more recent work with colleagues from the School of Electronics and Computing Sciences at the University of Southampton, a programme for testing muscle endurance using different protocols (maximal and sub-maximal contraction levels) has been developed, with a user-friendly visual display on the computer screen.  This project has enabled the development of a system suitable for testing muscle function in older people in community based studies


Project team

Dr D Samuel, Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr H Martin, Senior Statistician, Southampton Research Design Service

Prof A Aihie Sayer, Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Faculty of Medicine,  Prof R Allen, Professor of Biodynamics, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, Prof M Stokes, Professor of Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences
Research Assistant: Ms Keeley Wilson

Project funder

Adventure in Research’ Grant, University of Southampton


Associated research themes

Health Technologies
Healthy Ageing

Related research groups

Active Living and Rehabilitation

Conferences and events associated with this project:

Samuel D, Wilson K, Martin H, Allen R, Aihie Sayer A, Stokes M. Relationship between hand grip and quadriceps strength in young and older people. Physiological Society, King’s College, London, April 2009.

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