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Assessing Muscular Fitness

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Assessing Muscular Fitness Objective: To provide an understanding of the concepts, principles and techniques involved in the determination of muscular strength, muscular fitness and flexibility.
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Muscular Strength and Endurance Strength Endurance - Both strength and endurance can be assessed for static (isometric) contractions dynamic contractions - (concentric, eccentric, or isokinetic)
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Dynamic Strength / Endurance Concentric - resistance less that the force produced by the muscle Eccentric - muscle exerts tension while lengthening Concentric + Eccentric = During an isotonic contraction…
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The Strength Curve: A Consideration for Strength Testing
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Dynamic Strength / Endurance Isokinetic - maximal contraction of a muscle group at a constant velocity throughout ROM
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Assessing Muscular Strength Static Strength Handgrip Dynamometer – grip strength correlates to overall strength adjust handgrip stand erect, hands at sides squeeze as hard as possible; don’t let arms touch sides 3 trials for both sides; use best score Isometric Dynamometer for back and legs Cable Tensiometers
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Assessing Muscular Strength Dynamic Strength Tests One Repetition Maximum (1 RM) max weight that can be lifted for 1 complete rep client warms up by completing 5-10 reps at 40-60% estimated 1RM rest 1 minute - stretch the muscle while resting complete 3-5 reps at 60-80% of the estimated 1RM increase weight conservatively and attempt 1RM
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