The reliable examination of isokinetic parameters in young athletes is important for the establishment of appropriate strength testing protocols. The purpose of this study was to examine the reliability of peak moments, non-preferred/preferred leg and reciprocal ratios during isokinetic knee efforts in young soccer players. Thirteen circumpubertal (age = 13.0 ± 0.4 years) soccer players performed maximum knee extension and flexion efforts at 30, 120 and 180°·s1 in two occasions, a week apart. The reliability of the peak moments was high, with reliability coefficients ranging from 0.71 to 0.98. The non-preferred/preferred leg and reciprocal ratios demonstrated moderate to high reliability (coefficients ranged from 0.42 to 0.87). The reliable examination of moments of force and ratio measurements during eccentric tests and at fast angular velocities in young soccer players requires extensive familiarization of the subjects prior to the main test.
E. Kellis is with the Sport Performance Research Group in the Division of Sport Sciences at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, U.K. S. Kellis, V. Gerodimos, and V. Manou are with the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.