Test-retest reliability and reproducibility of laser-versus contact-displacement sensors in mechanomyography: implications for musculoskeletal research

Seidl, Laura, Tosovic, Danijel and Brown, J. Mark (2017) Test-retest reliability and reproducibility of laser-versus contact-displacement sensors in mechanomyography: implications for musculoskeletal research. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 33 2: 130-136. doi:10.1123/jab.2016-0085


Author Seidl, Laura
Tosovic, Danijel
Brown, J. Mark
Title Test-retest reliability and reproducibility of laser-versus contact-displacement sensors in mechanomyography: implications for musculoskeletal research
Journal name Journal of Applied Biomechanics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1543-2688
1065-8483
Publication date 2017-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1123/jab.2016-0085
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 33
Issue 2
Start page 130
End page 136
Total pages 7
Place of publication Champaign, IL, United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Whole muscle mechanomyography (MMG) has gained considerable interest in recent years for its ability to noninvasively determine muscle contractile properties (ie, contraction time [Tc], half-relaxation time [1/2Tr], and maximal displacement [Dmax)]). The aim of this study was to evaluate the test-retest reliability of two fairly novel MMG transducers: A laser-displacement sensor (LDS) and contact-displacement sensor (CDS). MMG was conducted on the rectus femoris muscle of 30 healthy individuals on 4 separate occasions. Test-retest reliability was quantified using intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs). Both sensors were reliable for time-derived parameters Tc (ICCs, 0.85-0.88) and 1/2Tr (0.77-0.89), with Dmax identified as the most reproducible parameter (0.89-0.94). The 2 sensors produced similar Tc and Dmax measures, although significant (P < .05) systematic bias was identified with the CDS recording higher mean values, on average. However, these differences may not be considered clinically significant. The wide limits of agreement identified between 1/2Tr measures (-19.0 ms and 25.2 ms) are considered unreliable from a clinical perspective. Overall, MMG demonstrated good-to-excellent reliability for the assessment of muscle contractile properties with no significant differences identified between sessions, thus further validating its applicability as a noninvasive measure of muscle contractile properties.
Keyword Contractile properties
Mechanomyography
Muscle
Musculoskeletal
Rectus femoris
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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