Strength and power testing is an important aspect of rehabilitation in the sports medicine setting. It is used to evaluate an individual's physical function and to guide the development of an appropriate rehabilitation plan. Strength and power testing can help to identify areas of weakness and imbalances that may have contributed to an injury, and it can be used to track progress during the rehabilitation process.
We often utilize force plate testing to evaluate lower extremity strength and power. Force plates are used to measure ground reaction forces, which can provide information about an individual's balance and stability, as well as their ability to generate power in each leg. This type of testing can be especially useful when rehabbing lower extremity injuries such as ankle sprains, ACL tears, and patellofemoral pain.
We also have many of our patients undergo Dynamometer testing in order to evaluate upper extremity strength and power. This is achieved by putting force through a wearable device on your wrist. This type of testing can be especially useful when rehabbing upper extremity injuries such as rotator cuff injuries, tennis elbow, and shoulder impingements.
This information can be crucial for creating a good rehabilitation plan that addresses the specific needs of the individual and helps them return to their activities safely. Here at APC, we take pride in creating treatment plans that are rooted in science, and routinely test different metrics to ensure that you are making adequate progress.