Chris Baur

Galileo Novotec Medical GmbH

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Diagnosis of muscular function using jumping mechanography

Muscle function is a vital component of healthy living. It can be negatively affected by ageing, or diseases. Decreasing muscle function is a main risk factor for disability, frailty, hospitalisation and premature death. Many tests to assess muscle function are based on isometric or isokinetic principles. These tests determine muscle function at no or slow speed and in a guided movement. Maximum force is not accessible with these methods but only during eccentric movements. Many movements in daily life require fast and directed actions e.g. to prevent a fall. Mechanography provides a method to measure muscle function (force, power, speed) in daily life settings like jumping or standing up from a chair and at physiological speed levels including reference data for children and adults. Mechanography is a clinical tool where you can quantify and follow up in 5 minutes clinical relevant outcomes.