Maxforce: The new option in strength, health levels and life expectancy measurement
Keywords:Dynamometer, Validity, Reliability, Life-style
AbstractOne of the biggest challenges faced by western life-style countries is to stem the current major public health epidemic of cardiac-metabolic diseases that is creating an excessive financial and social burden. These mostly preventable diseases are triggered mainly by physical inactivity and unhealthy diets leading to an excess accumulation of bodyfat, increased inflammation and diminished strength and muscle mass. The aim of this study was to test the reliability and validity of the strength measurement by the new MaxForce interactive dynamometer and to emphasize the importance of using these devices within the sanitary system. 97 voluntary subjects joined the study using two different dynamometers for strength measurement. We note high interclass correlation rates in the MaxForce dynamometer validity and reliability measurements (0.997 and 0.986 respectively) and a measurement error under 1.72% in relation to 5.38% of the manual dynamometer. The results endorse the validity and reliability of the MaxForce device as valuable high precision tool for measuring strength, health levels, life expectancy and sports performance for the health care professionals. MaxForce, also facilitates the strength measurement and training of many different muscle groups, which added to the audiovisual feedback makes this device a practical and useful system to improve the adhesion and motivation for training. The implementation in the sanitary system could enhance general health levels and improve of treatment results of numerous pathologies.
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