History of Isoknetics.net
Isokinetics.net introduced the first independent isokinetics information site on the 5 May 2000. During 2003 we received over 8 million visitors most searching for isokinetic information. In January 2003 the site had over 1 million visitors from all across the globe. Until the release point in May 2000 isokinetics web pages had usually been to sell you something, not this one. Here was, and still, is a free isokinetics resource with no affiliation to any companies at all (we even allow you to download the web site and run it from any computer!!).
To give you some of my history. Isokinetics and isokinetic testing were first introduced to me at university. The Cybex, isokinetic only, system was state of the art then as far as isokinetics went. But by today's isokinetic or active dynamometer standards it was rudimentary to say the least. After university gym orientated isokinetic type units (type II), in my opinion not really isokinetic, were all I had access to until I went to work in a sports injuries clinic. Isokinetic assessments and treatments were a daily activity here using a Kin-Com AP active dynamometer. I began using isokinetic tests on any patient who wanted to return to sport (as I found the Oxford strength testing system totally inadequate for muscle performance).
As my isokinetics experience grew I expanded my isokinetic testing to all my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) patients to asses their suitability to return to more functional activities. The isokinetic testing soon expanded to replace the Oxford muscle grading system for all my patients and I introduced isokinetic training for any patients unable to improve their strength using isotonic exercise (I still believe isotonics are the best way to improve muscle performance). Using normative isokinetic values soon became out dated as (with improved skill through practice) I found myself able to do bi-lateral isokinetics tests in under 10 minutes for any joint.
Now all the members of staff at the clinic use isokinetic testing for any patient who's strength is in question. We use isokinetic bi-lateral tests pre-op for reconstructive surgery. We have replaced gravity eliminated/assisted exercises with active assisted isokinetics and use the active dynamometer to facilitate improvements in proprioception (using isotonics). Isokinetics are used to asses suitability for return to sport and daily activities and we perform isokinetic health screening for professional sports clubs and insurance investigators. The isokinetics machine is so popular we often queue to use it! As the isokinetics machine is in such demand we have had various types of machine in the department (including Cybex, Biodex, Kin-Kom, Isocom and now CSMI Norm) and we have two dedicated spine units (a lift task and a trunk flexion / extension module).
As a resource for the staff at the clinic I produced an isokinetics hand book (which started at 100 pages and is now over 500!). Following a call from local practitioners (who had isokinetics machines but did not utilize them much) I started teaching/lecturing on isokinetics and active dynamometry. In recent years I have continued to teach on the isokinetic systems and have facilitated/developed isokinetic services in sports development centres and industrial screening. I have worked with the manufacturers to develop new isokinetic machines and have also worked to attain CE marking for manufacturers.
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