Isokinetic Dynamometry in Healthy Versus Sarcopenic and Malnourished Elderly: Beyond Simple Measurements of Muscle Strength

Joel T. Cramer, Nathaniel D.M. Jenkins, Vikkie A. Mustad, Joseph P. Weir

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This study quantified systematic and intraindividual variability among three repetitions of concentric isokinetic knee extension and flexion tests to determine velocity-related differences in peak torque (PT) and mean power (MP) in healthy elderly (HE) versus sarcopenic and malnourished elderly (SME). In total, 107 HE (n = 54 men, n = 53 women) and 261 SME (n = 101 men, n = 160 women) performed three maximal concentric isokinetic knee extension and flexion repetitions at 60°·s-1 and 180°·s-1. PT for Repetition 3 was lower than Repetitions 1 and 2, while MP for Repetition 1 was lower than Repetitions 2 and 3 in SME. Intraindividual variability among repetitions was correlated with strength, but not age, and was greater in SME, during knee flexion, and at 180°·s-1. Velocity-related decreases in PT from 60°·s-1 to 180°·s-1 were more pronounced in SME. In summary, (a) the repetition with the highest PT value may be the best indicator of maximal strength, while the average may indicate strength maintenance in SME; (b) intraindividual variability among repetitions reflects functional decrements from HE to SME; and (c) decreases in PT from 60°·s-1 to 180°·s-1 may reflect greater losses of fast-twitch (type II) fiber function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)709-732
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017



  • angular velocity
  • atrophy
  • fast-twitch
  • sarcopenia
  • slow-twitch
  • type II fibers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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