Biodynamics and Human Performance Center

Upper Extremity Power Measures and Determining a Gold Standard

Clinical research involving assessment of upper extremity power has long been an area needing improvement. Various techniques have been developed and utilized to measure power, but no method is globally recognized by clinicians. The primary purpose of the study will be to determine a valid and reliable way to assess power. Furthermore, there is also a void in the research regarding dominant versus non-dominant upper extremity power, consequently bilateral comparisons of power testing will also be performed. The hypothesis is the force plate power push up will serve as the single best valid and reliable measure in determining power in the upper extremity. Additionally, it will demonstrate correlations to previously accepted measures of power.