Paper Information

Journal:   IRANIAN REHABILITATION JOURNAL   APRIL 2019 , Volume 17 , Number 2; Page(s) 165 To 170.
 
Paper: 

Intra-and Inter-Rater Reliability of Micro Manual Muscle Tester of the Lower Extremity in Children With Diplegia Cerebral Palsy

 
 
Author(s):  GHARIB MASOUD, VAMEGHI ROSHANAK*, SALAVATI MAHYAR, HOSSEINI SEYED ALI, SAEEDI AHMAD
 
* Pediatric Neurorehabilitation Research Center, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
 
Abstract: 
Objectives: The Micro Manual Muscle Tester (MMMT) is a Hand-Held Dynamometer (HHD). The current study aimed to evaluate the intra-and inter-rater reliability of this device. Methods: To determine the reliability of the MMMT, two previously trained assessors to work with HHD performed HHD measurements on 7 muscle groups of the lower extremities (hip flexors, hip extensors, hip abductors, knee extensors, knee flexors, ankle plantar-, and dorsiflexors) using the make-test method. The study participants were evaluated thrice by two occupational therapists in 10 separate days. Results: All the inter-and intra-correlations were reported as excellent (ICC>0. 90), except for ICC2, 3 in the hip flexor muscles; and ICC2, 3 in the dorsiflexor muscles that were similarly good (ICC=0. 75-0. 89) at a high significance level (P˂ 0. 001). Discussion: The MMMT had an acceptable reliability. Furthermore, this device is useful for investigating changes in strength after rehabilitation interventions.
 
Keyword(s): Muscles,Reliability,Cerebral Palsy
 
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