Online Course
Assessing Muscle Strength
Gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles of the muscle strength assessment

2-2.5 hours





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Wanda van Niekerk
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Wanda is a physiotherapist and PhD candidate who has a special interest in sports rehabilitation and injury prevention

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Muscle strength is the ability of skeletal muscle to develop force in order to provide stability and mobility within the musculoskeletal system. Muscle strength is necessary for functional movement. Therefore, the muscle strength assessment is integral to the objective examination as it provides valuable information on strength and neurological deficits. This course introduces the muscle strength assessment and the principles and procedures required to develop competency in manual muscle testing.


This course aims to provide foundational knowledge of the muscle strength assessment.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Optional Practical Activity and Case Study Discussion
  4. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


  • Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.
  • Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 2-2.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
  • Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.
  • Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.8 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • identify at least two types of muscle contractions and at least three factors that can affect muscle strength
  • list at least two contraindications to muscle strength testing
  • discuss at least two methods of muscle strength testing, the Medical Research Council Scale for grading manual muscle testing and optimal positions for muscle strength testing

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Wanda van Niekerk: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
It is a well-articulated and well-detailed course with concise and precise, explicit, illustrative videos that will surely improve anyone's abilities.
Munyaradzi Calven Mtema
South Africa
This course was beneficial for me as I am a student. All of the positions, techniques, and grading systems explained in this course would help me in my practice of assessing muscle strength.
Sumaiqa Bibi
It is an excellent course for basic levels and fantastic revision for advanced levels!
This course supplied virtually every piece of information needed for muscle strength assessment in rehabilitation!
Omolara Ukpai
I have enjoyed this course very much! It has helped me to review my skeletal muscle physiology and biomechanics. It has also taught me how to use different methods for muscle strength assessment.