Publication: A Comparison of the Isometric Mid-Thigh Pull and Isometric Squat

Research Impact:  Over the past decade, isometric strength tests have become a popular method of measuring both an athlete’s maximal force producing capabilities and how quickly they are able to produce force. This paper investigated the reliability and usefulness of the isometric mid-thigh pull (IMTP) and isometric squat (ISqT) performed at the same knee and hip angles. The scores produced in each test were compared to determine if differences existed between tests. Both tests were deemed reliable for non-time dependent maximal strength measures and capable of detected changes in performance in maximal force. The ISqT may be preferred when coaches want to test an athlete’s true maximum lower limb strength, especially female athletes.

Brady, C.J., Harrison, A.J., Flanagan, E.P., Haff, G.G. and Comyns, T.M., 2017. A Comparison of the Isometric Mid-Thigh Pull and Isometric Squat: Intraday Reliability, Usefulness and the Magnitude of Difference Between Tests. International journal of sports physiology and performance, pp.1-25.

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