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Reliability and Validity of a Medicine Ball-Contained Accelerometer for Measuring Upper-Body Neuromuscular Performance

Roe, G and Shaw, W and Darrall-Jones, J and Phibbs, PJ and Read, D and Weakley, JJ and Till, K and Jones, B (2018) Reliability and Validity of a Medicine Ball-Contained Accelerometer for Measuring Upper-Body Neuromuscular Performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 32 (7). pp. 1915-1918. ISSN 1064-8011

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to assess the between-day reliability and validity of a medicine ball-contained accelerometer (MBA) for assessing upper-body neuromuscular performance during a throwing task. Ten professional rugby union players partook in the study. Between-day reliability was assessed from the best score attained during 2 sets of 3 throws, on 2 testing occasions separated by 7 days. Validity was assessed against a criterion measure (Optioelectronic system) during 75 throws from a subgroup of 3 participants. The MBA exhibited a small between-day error of 2.2% (90% confidence intervals; 2.0-4.6%) and an almost perfect relationship with a criterion measure (r = 0.91 [90% CIs; 0.87-0.94]). However, the mean bias and standard error were moderate (7.9% [90% CIs; 6.6-9.2%] and 4.9% [90% CIs; 4.2-5.7%], respectively). Practitioners using an MBA to assess neuromuscular performance of the upper body must take into account the overestimation and error associated with such assessment with respect to a criterion measure. However, as the error associated with between-day testing was small and testing is easy to implement in applied practice, an MBA may provide a useful tool for monitoring upper-body neuromuscular performance over time.

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