Feuerbacher, JF, Jacobs, MW, Dragutinovic, B, Goldmann, J-P, Cheng, S, and Schumann, M. Validity and test-retest reliability of the Vmaxpro sensor for evaluation of movement velocity in the deep squat. J Strength Cond Res XX(X): 000–000, 2021—We aimed at assessing the validity and test-retest reliability of the inertial measurement unit-based Vmaxpro sensor compared with a Vicon 3D motion capture system and the T-Force sensor during an incremental 1-repetition maximum (1RM) test and at submaximal loads. Nineteen subjects reported to the laboratory for the 1RM test sessions, whereas 15 subjects carried out another 3 sessions consisting of 3 repetitions with 4 different intensities (30, 50, 70, and 90% of 1RM) to determine the intra- and interday reliability. The Vmaxpro sensor showed high validity (Vicon: R2 = 0.935; T-Force: R2 = 0.968) but an overestimation of the mean velocities (MVs) of 0.06 ± 0.08 m·s−1 and 0.06 ± 0.06 m·s−1 compared with Vicon and T-Force, respectively. Regression analysis indicated a systematic bias that is increasing with higher MVs. The intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) for Vmaxpro were moderate to high for intraday (ICC: 0.662–0.938; p ≤ 0.05) and for interday (ICC: 0.568–0.837; p ≤ 0.05) reliability, respectively. The Vmaxpro is a valid and reliable measurement device that can be used to monitor movement velocities within a training session. However, practitioners should be cautious when assessing movement velocities on separate days because of the moderate interday reliability.
|Journal||Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. The Official Research Journal of the NSCA|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Electronically/ online published ahead of print - 05.01.2022|