"Isokinetic Exercise and Assessment" not only presents a scientific basis for the use of isokinetics, it also provides practical guidelines for applying isokinetics in clinical practice. This approach, plus the book's extensive normative value tables, makes it a suitable textbook and reference for students and practitioners of athletic training, physiotherapy, rehabilitation medicine, and strength training. In Part I of the book, author David Perrin explains how the isokinetic method of muscle exercise and assessment differs from the isotonic and isometric methods. He corrects several misconceptions about the use of isokinetics, then delves into the underlying principles of isokinetic theory. Readers will learn how to interpret an isokinetic force / torque curve, the advantages and disadvantages of various dynamometers, the procedures for optimising the accuracy and reliability of isokinetic assessment, and the correct way to interpret an isokinetic evaluation. Students and practitioners will benefit from the clinical applications of isokinetic exercise and assessment that are covered in Part II.
This section presents isokinetic protocols and normative value tables for the major joints of the body. These comprehensive tables list peak torque values, reciprocal muscle group ratios, test reliability coefficients, and other isokinetic data that have been gathered from a variety of athletic and sedentary populations - both male and female, and over a range of ages. "Isokinetic Exercise and Assessment" includes over 70 photos depicting joint ranges of motion and test positions for the more popular dynamometers. It also provides general guidelines to follow when purchasing an isokinetic dynamometer.