Correlation between timed up and go test and skeletal muscle tensiomyography in female nursing home residents

Ester Fabiani, Mladen Herc, Boštjan Šimunič*, Bianca Brix, Kerstin Löffler, Lisa Weidinger, Andreas Ziegl, Peter Kastner, Alen Kapel, Nandu Goswami*

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Objectives: Tensiomyography (TMG) derived contraction time (Tc) and amplitude (Dm) are related to muscle fibre composition and to muscle atrophy/tone, respectively. However, the link between mobility and TMG-derived skeletal muscle contractile properties in older persons is unknown. The aim of the study was to correlate lower limb skeletal muscle contractile properties with balance and mobility measures in senior female residents of retirement homes in Austria. Methods: Twenty-eight female participants (aged from 67-99 years) were included in measurements of contractile properties (TMG) of four skeletal muscles: Vastus lateralis, vastus medialis, biceps femoris and gastrocnemius medialis. Their balance and mobility performance was measured using a timed up and go test (TUG). Results: Time needed to complete TUG is negatively correlated to biceps femoris (r= -0.490; p= 0.008), vastus lateralis (r= -0.414; p=0.028) and vastus medialis (r= -0.353; p=0.066) Dm and positively correlated to vastus lateralis Tc (r=0.456; p=0.015). Overall, vastus lateralis Tc and vastus medialis Dm explained 37% of TUG time variance. Conclusions: Our study demonstrates that TMG-derived quadriceps muscle contractile parameters are correlated with the balance and mobility function in female nursing home residents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-254
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Musculoskeletal Neuronal Interactions
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


  • Aging
  • Body composition
  • Gait
  • Tensiomyography
  • Timed Up and Go Τest

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Physiology
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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