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07-27-1998, 11:56 PM
Dear friends:
I regret I have had only two answers to my question posted last week.
I have decided to include the two answers received for your
consideration, although I know you will be disappointed.
Perhaps Biomechanics has not penetrated much yet in the field...


From: Greg Hart

We use both a CYBEX NORM (isokinetic) and an old Dynatrac (isometric)
for testing in these circumstances. We use them as a portion of a
more complex set of testing protocols. There are people who use three
isokineitic protocols (shoulder flex/extend, knee flex/extend and
trunk flex/extend) to try and suggest fitness for certain occupations.
Obviously, that has a lot of dubious contructs.

We are interested in looking at muscular joint stabilities and raw
force production with these tests so that we can correlate the data
with other data we collect in testing that is more functional or
complex in nature. We have had some luck with int/ext rotation data at
the shoulder predicting development of upper extremity problems in
assembly workers, but that is it. Although we carry out testing for
the purposes of qualifying temporary or permanent impairment, we do
not use the isokinetic data as a direct or primary measure of this
impairment. If you have any specific questions, I would be happy to
try and answer them.

Greg Hart, Kinesiologist
fax: 403-215-1444
Human Effort bus: 403-215-1440 Box
23047, Connaught P.O. web: www.humaneffort.com Calgary,
Alberta CANADA T2S 3B1 toll free: 1-888-4EFFORT


From: bte

My name is Jonathan K. Cooper and I work for a therapeutic equipment
manufacturer - Baltimore Therapeutic Equipment Co. (BTE). I saw your
request for information on the use of isokinetic, isometric and
isotonic equipment for objectional measures of impairment. I would
like to invite you to visit our web site to take a look at the
equipment we have to offer.

Our web site is www.bteco.com

If you have any questions or would like additional information on any
of our products, please send me an e-mail with your mailing address.
I would be happy to send information to you, including our

Jonathan K. Cooper

Javier Sanchez-Lacuesta
Institute of Biomechanics / Technical Aids Section
P.O.BOX 199 / E-46980 PATERNA (SPAIN)
Tel: +34-96-1366032 / Fax: +34-96-1366033
Please visit our web site: http://www.ibv.org

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