Hand-held dynamometry: adoption 1900-2005

Percept Mot Skills. 2006 Aug;103(1):3-4. doi: 10.2466/pms.103.1.3-4.


The purpose of this brief report is to describe the adoption of hand-held dynamometry, a procedure for documenting muscle strength. Between the early 1900s and the end of 2005, 478 research articles were published that documented use of hand-held dynamometry. The adoption of the procedure for research is consistent with the S-shaped curve described by Rogers. The extent to which hand-held dynamometry is used in clinical practice remains to be delineated.

MeSH terms

  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Knee
  • Muscle Strength Dynamometer*
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
  • Physiology / instrumentation