Study Shows Reliability of Phases in 30 Second Chair Stand Test for FM Patients

Study Shows Reliability of Phases in 30 Second Chair Stand Test for FM Patients
The analysis of movement phases, namely sitting and standing, as part of the 30 second chair stand test is a reliable tool to access physical fitness in fibromyalgia patients. The study, "Reliability of the 30 s Chair Stand Test in Women with Fibromyalgia," was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Physical fitness is associated with pain and can greatly affect quality of life; therefore, it's important to measure it in people with fibromyalgia. One common method for testing physical fitness in people with chronic pain diseases, such as fibromyalgia, is the 30 second chair stand test. In this test, the participant sits in a chair, then stands up, then sits again, without using his or her hands, for 30 seconds. The most commonly used outcome measurement from the test is the number of repetitions (times a person stands and sits); this parameter has been demonstrated to be reliable and to be associated with other clinical measurements (e.g. pain levels). Moreover, "In women with FM, the 30 s chair stand test has been used to discriminate the presence/absence of FM and the severity of the associated symptoms," the authors said. Recent research has suggested that the kinematics of sitting and standing — that is, details about the patients' movements, not just the number of times they can get up — may provide additional, useful data about a patient's physical fitness. However, the reliability of such measurements in fibromyalgia patients hasn't been verified. In the new study, researchers set out to do just that. They recruited 30 female fibrom
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