Test–Retest Reliability of the Standing Heel-Rise Test

in Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
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Context:

The standing heel-rise test has been recommended as a means of assessing calf-muscle performance. To the authors' knowledge, the reliability of the test using intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) has not been reported.

Objective:

To determine the test-retest reliability of the standing heel-rise test.

Design:

Single-group repeated measures.

Participants:

Seventeen healthy subjects.

Settings and Infevention:

Each subject was asked to perform as many standing heel raises as possible during 2 testing sessions separated by 7 days.

Main Outcome Measures:

Reliability data for the standing heel-rise test were studied through a repeated-measures analysis of variance, ICC2, 1 and SEMs.

Results:

The ICC2,1 and SEM values for the standing heel-rise test were .96 and 2.07 repetitions, respectively.

Conclusions:

The standing heel-rise test offers clinicians a reliable assessment of calfmuscle performance. Further study is necessary to determine the ability of the standing heel-rise test to detect functional deficiencies in patients recovering from lower leg injury or surgery

Michael D. Ross is an instructor, and Elizabeth G. Fontenot a student, in the Department of Biology, United States Air Force Academy, CO 80840-6226. Note: The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Department of Defense, the United States Air Force, or other federal agencies.