Mechanography--a new device for the assessment of muscle function in pediatrics

Pediatr Res. 2006 Jan;59(1):46-9. doi: 10.1203/01.pdr.0000191580.07644.1c. Epub 2005 Dec 2.


The development of the musculoskeletal system in children and adolescents became an important topic in the field of pediatric research when the connections between muscle force and bone diseases were revealed. The present study focused on reference values of ground reaction forces, which derive from muscle forces of the lower limbs. Specifically, the study investigated the relationship between anthropometric characteristics and peak jump force (PJF), and peak jump power (PJP). The parameters were assessed by jumping mechanography using the Leonardo Jumping Platform. The entire study group was comprised of 135 school boys (ages 7-21 y) and 177 girls (ages 6-19 y), who were enrolled in a German primary school and a German high school. The analysis of the parameters revealed that forces deriving from the motor performance of jumping follow an exponential relationship to body size parameters. Therefore, with consideration of anthropometric characteristics, the assessment of ground reaction forces might provide a novel, inexpensive, and accurate approach for the assessment motor performance in children and adolescents.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anthropometry / methods
  • Child
  • Exercise Test / instrumentation*
  • Exercise Test / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Locomotion / physiology*
  • Male
  • Muscle, Skeletal / anatomy & histology
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
  • Pediatrics / methods