- Method of assessing muscle power.
- Involves a 30-second maximal effort trial on a leg or arm ergometer.
- First validated in able-bodied individuals to use as a predictor of physical performance of anaerobic activities.
- Arm WAnT has been used in persons with paraplegia to compare to performance of upper limb anaerobic tasks such as transferring in and out of the car and 26m wheelchair sprints.
- This is the only standardized test to monitor upper extremity strength and power. Most assessments look at aerobic function rather than anaerobic tasks.
- This test has been shown to be valid and reliable across a wide range of able bodied and disabled individuals, including those with paraplegia. It is also a well-established protocol that has been used in many populations so comparisons are possible.
- The test is relatively easy and inexpensive to administer with the appropriate equipment; however, the initial expenditure is significant.
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