Another paper resulted from the cooperation between the Chair of Human Movement Science and the Center for clinical Neuroplasticity, Medical Park Loipl, on finger tapping performance in persons with multiple sclerosis: The clinical severity of multiple sclerosis is mainly judged upon gait performance. However, it has been shown to be worthwhile to also look at the sensorimotor capacity of the upper limbs (inter alia!).
Finger tapping using the whole arm has in prior studies already proven to be a promising assessment and was further examined in this experiment. It revealed to be very reliable, of good clinical validity, and to be free from a meaningful influence of the reported “day form” of persons with multiple sclerosis. Summarizing: A quick (10s), reliable Test with good validity concerning the current state and its changes (e.g., by rehabilitation measures).