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Intra- and inter-rater reliability of joint range of motion tests using tape measure, digital inclinometer and inertial motion capturing

Fraeulin, Laura; Holzgreve, Fabian; Brinkbäumer, Mark; Dziuba, Anna; Friebe, David; Klemz, Stefanie; Schmitt, Marco; Theis A., Anna-Lena; Tenberg, Sarah; Mark, Anke van; Maurer-Grubinger, Christian; Ohlendorf, Daniela


In clinical practice range of motion (RoM) is usually assessed with low-cost devices such as a tape measure (TM) or a digital inclinometer (DI). However, the intra- and inter-rater reliability of typical RoM tests differ, which impairs the evaluation of therapy progress. More objective and reliable kinematic data can be obtained with the inertial motion capture system (IMC) by Xsens. The aim of this study was to obtain the intra- and inter-rater reliability of the TM, DI and IMC methods in five RoM tests: modified Thomas test (DI), shoulder test modified after Janda (DI), retroflexion of the trunk modified after Janda (DI), lateral inclination (TM) and fingertip-to-floor test (TM).

Two raters executed the RoM tests (TM or DI) in a randomized order on 22 healthy individuals while, simultaneously, the IMC data (Xsens MVN) was collected. After 15 warm-up repetitions, each rater recorded five measurements.

Intra-rater reliabilities were (almost) perfect for tests in all three devices (ICCs 0.886–0.996). Inter-rater reliability was substantial to (almost) perfect in the DI (ICCs 0.71–0.87) and the IMC methods (ICCs 0.61–0.993) and (almost) perfect in the TM methods (ICCs 0.923–0.961). ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000130569
Veröffentlicht am 21.11.2021
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0243646
Zitationen: 10
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1932-6203
KITopen-ID: 1000130569
Erschienen in PLOS ONE
Verlag Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Band 15
Heft 12
Seiten e0243646
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 10.12.2020
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