Isokinetic Assessments: Remove the guess work from return to play…

Isokinetic Assessments:

In association with Physiocentric located in Wimbledon Village, Perform:Fitness are able to offer isokinetic assessments, screening and training sessions for clients or athletes.

The Physiocentric Clinic in Wimbledon Village hosts a Cybex Norm Isokinetic Dynamometer which can be used for many different protocols and assessments.

The main function of the machine is for the assessment of the muscles around the knee joint: the quadriceps and hamstrings, and also for ankle assessment.

Clinically any knee issue:  ACL patients, patella tendon, meniscus repair, as well as hamstring rupture or injury and chronic ankle injury or Bostrum repairs can all be assessed and objective data presented to the referring practitioner, sports medicine doctor or orthopaedic surgeon after an assessment.

In addition, 30 minute training sessions can also be conducted on the machine which provide a great way for dedicated eccentric work on chronic hamstring issues, for example, or a great way to improve quadriceps activation after injury around the knee joint.  This is an intense, effective way to re-train and load the muscles and really makes a difference.  With ROM (range of movement) and angular/limb speed being adjusted for each individual, this is a great way to really make a difference with your rehabilitation or reconditioning.

Isokinetics are an excellent way to objectively assess muscular strengths and weaknesses and identify any muscular imbalance.  This is especially important when considering a return to action plan for a client or athlete who may have been injured or is recovering from surgery.  Having objective measures will remove any guesswork for return to play strategies which are invaluable for the client and athlete, but also best practice for the referring practitioner, physiotherapist or orthopaedic surgeon.   It’ll back up any decisions with objective markers and lead to confidence for the client or athlete who is returning to action as they can be reassured that they are strong enough to cope with the demands required for a return to play plan.

This is essential information, especially in the sporting arena, where it is important that your athletes/players are as strong and powerful as possible after injury as well as to reduce the incidence of injury and to provide a baseline record for future reference.

Post surgical or post injury assessments will provide an objective measure for the practitioner and the medical staff of the athlete or player. This will assist the medical teams’ ability to make informed, accurate decisions regarding return to training strategies after injury as well as to help with decisions in pre-signing medicals, where the objective data presented after an assessment may help to make an informed decision about signing a new player, or otherwise. This is especially useful if they have any relevant or worrying injury history with big money signings.

In addition, for teams or squads of players, having a baseline pre-season value for every player will allow for a more accurate exercise prescription if injury occurs during the season, knowing what the pre-injury values were…

There are a number of key times to test and screen your players or clients and prescribe isokinetics, as follows:

  • Pre-signing medicals: get objective data and clear up any ambiguity with injury history and physical capacity/strength.
  • Pre-season screening/testing: get effective and valuable baseline data on all your athletes.
  • When presented with a player/athlete with relevant injury history when screening may prove to be prudent (new player or recently injured player)
  • Post surgical assessment: looking at objective values as rehabilitation progresses and considering limb symmetry index for a return to play decision
  • Return to training after injury: is the athlete back to pre-injury levels?  Or do they have limb asymmetry which places them at increased risk of re-injury?
  • Comparison after conditioning programme intervention: is the athlete compliant? Are they stronger, more robust and starting to achieve the right values to indicate a successful S&C intervention?

Perform Fitness, in association with the clinical expertise based at Physiocentric, are able to fulfil your requirements if you require any isokinetic assessments, whether for an individual client, athlete or an entire team.

In coordination with the medical staff involved with the athlete/player or client, we will establish the most suitable testing protocol and administer the assessment.  A report and raw data will be provided to the relevant personnel, with consent, and informed decisions can then be made for the individual.

In addition, Perform: Fitness will be very happy to use the data as a starting point for any bespoke strength & conditioning or rehabilitation programme to help address any identified deficiencies and get you back on track.

Photographs courtesy of Physiocentric, Wimbledon Village.