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Asymmetries of the Lower Limb: The Calculation Conundrum in Strength Training and Conditioning

Bishop, Chris MSc; Read, Paul PhD, CSCS*D; Chavda, Shyam MSc, CSCS; Turner, Anthony PhD, CSCS*D

Strength and Conditioning Journal: December 2016 - Volume 38 - Issue 6 - p 27–32
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000264
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ABSTRACT ASYMMETRY DETECTION HAS BEEN A TOPIC OF INTEREST IN THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING (SC) LITERATURE WITH NUMEROUS STUDIES PROPOSING MANY DIFFERENT EQUATIONS FOR CALCULATING BETWEEN-LIMB DIFFERENCES. HOWEVER, THERE DOES NOT SEEM TO BE A CLEAR DELINEATION AS TO WHICH EQUATION SHOULD BE USED WHEN QUANTIFYING ASYMMETRIES. CONSEQUENTLY, THE AUTHORS HAVE UNCOVERED 9 DIFFERENT EQUATIONS THAT POSE CONFUSION AS TO WHICH METHOD THE SC SPECIALIST SHOULD USE DURING DATA INTERPRETATION. THE AIM OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO IDENTIFY THE DIFFERENT EQUATIONS CURRENTLY BEING USED TO CALCULATE ASYMMETRIES AND OFFER PRACTITIONERS A GUIDE AS TO WHICH METHOD MAY BE MOST APPROPRIATE WHEN MEASURING ASYMMETRIES.

1London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom; and

2School of Sport, Health and Applied Science, St Mary's University, London, United Kingdom

Address correspondence to Chris Bishop, C.Bishop@mdx.ac.uk.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Chris Bishop is a strength and conditioning coach at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University where he is also the Programme Leader for the MSc in strength and conditioning.

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Paul Read is a strength and conditioning coach and senior lecturer in strength and conditioning at St Mary's University.

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Shyam Chavda is a strength and conditioning coach and technical associate at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, the lead coach for the Middlesex University weightlifting club, and an assessor/tutor for British Weightlifting.

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Anthony Turner is the director of post-graduate programmes at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University where he is the joint programme leader for the MSc in strength and conditioning.

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