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Functional testing for strength and power: figure 8 hop test

By Michael P. Reiman and Robert C. Manske

Assessment of strength and power can be multidimensional. Strength, while having potentially multiple definitions, is probably best defined as "the maximal amount of force a muscle or muscle group can generate in a specified movement pattern at a specified velocity of movement" (Knuttgen & Kraemer 1987). Power is the rate of performing work, or force produced divided by the time it takes to produce that force.

Purpose: To assess the ability to produce power, speed, balance, and single lower extremity control on a horizontal surface in multiple directions (specifically the figure 8 pattern), with specific emphasis on speed over the distance covered by the single lower extremity. Comparisions can be made from side to side to assess LSI.

Equipment: Two standard stopwatches, colored or athletic tape.

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