Objective: Isometric peak torque (PT) and rate of torque development (RTD) are important characteristics relevant to athletic performance. A novel device called the Dynamo Torque Analyzer calculates and displays real-time measurements of isometric PT and RTD. However, the ability of the Dynamo to provide valid and reliable isometric PT and RTD measurements similar to those of an isokinetic dynamometer remains unclear. This study aimed to compare the reliability and magnitude of isometric leg extension and flexion PT and RTD measurements between an isokinetic dynamometer and the Dynamo Torque Analyzer. Approach: Twenty healthy, recreationally-active adults (age = 22 ± 3 years; height = 169 ± 10 cm; mass = 71 ± 18 kg) performed three isometric leg extension and flexion maximal voluntary contractions on two different occasions, from which isometric PT and early (RTD100), late (RTD200), and maximum (Peak RTD) RTD characteristics were measured by an isokinetic dynamometer and the Dynamo. Main results: Isometric leg extension and flexion PT and RTD characteristics were highly consistent across sessions for both the isokinetic dynamometer and Dynamo devices, with intraclass correlation coefficients of 0.935-0.984 and standard errors of measurement expressed as a percentage of the mean of 4.93-14.46%. There were significant positive relationships between the isokinetic dynamometer and Dynamo for all PT and RTD characteristics (r ≥ 0.994; P < 0.001). Moreover, no significant differences between devices were observed for these variables (P = 0.107-0.555). Significance: These findings suggest that the Dynamo Torque Analyzer may be a valid and reliable device for measuring isometric PT and RTD of the lower-body musculature.
- Isokinetic dynamometer