The purpose of this study was to determine the reliability of two new alternative portable methods for measuring maximal isometric force measures while performing the standard mid-thigh pull. One method, the bar grip method, required the use of the trunk and upper extremity muscles, while the second method, the pelvic belt method, did not. Both methods demonstrated good test-retest reliability via randomized repeated measures over 24-36 hours. Interestingly, the pelvic belt method generally demonstrated average maximal forces up to 65% higher than the bar method. There was a good relationship between both methods. These new alternative methods could provide strength coaches an option for a more efficient, cost-effective, portable means for the mid-thigh pull test.
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Williams, Duane A.; Hall, Courtney D.; Cantor, Patsy; Williams, Jennifer; Brown, N.; Dulling, Ryan; and Egbujor, Ogechi. 2014. Reliability of Two Alternative Methods for the Standard Mid-thigh Isometric Pull. International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, Johnson City, TN. https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/cpa/article/view/6098