One area of physical therapy that I think we can easily improve is our ability to measure and monitor strength as a person progresses. Most people we work with have a strength deficit as one of the primary issues we are working on improving.
So why not measure?
Manual muscle testing has limitations, and is really just a gross screen. I think we can do better quantifying force.
In this episode I talk to Scot Morrison about how clinicians can get started with measuring strength, what that really means in regard to force and torque, and some advanced concepts for those with some experience.
Scot is a board-certified physical therapist who specializes in high performance sports medicine. He has experience working and consulting across elite sport and tactical communities and currently works within special operations. Scot serves as the chair of the AASPT Sports Performance enhancement SIG and is pursuing a PhD under Franco Impellizzeri.