Stanford Researchers Help Determine Reliability of Functional Lower Extremity Evaluation
A multi-disciplinary research team including researchers and clinicians led by Rebecca Shultz , Biomechanist from the Human Performance Lab, and Melissa Valchev, past-Director of Physical Therapy at the Sports Medicine Center, recently had the article “Test-Retest and Interrater Reliability of the Functional Lower Extremity Evaluation” published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sport Physical Therapy (December, 2014). The Functional Lower Extremity Evaluation (FLEE) is a battery of 8 standardized functional performance tests that was developed by the same group. The combination of these tests measures multiple components of lower extremity function that are grouped into three main categories: control, power, and endurance. 40 healthy athletes were recruited for participation in the study which showed high inter-relibability and test-retest results for the FLEE. Additionally, it was shown that although the tests included in the FLEE were considered clinically important for assessing lower extremity function by sports medicine clinicians they are underused. By providing normative values the team is hoping to improve the use of these functional tests.The team is also continuing to investigate future uses of the FLEE, specifically as a tool in the return-to-play decision making process.
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