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|Title:||A study of grip strength among 20–49 year old British adults and comparison to existing norms.|
|Keywords:||Grip strength;Jamar;Dynamometry;Normative data;Ethnicity|
|Publisher:||SAGE Publications (UK and US)|
|Citation:||Hand Therapy, 20 (4), pp. 115-123, (2015)|
|Abstract:||Introduction Hand grip strength is frequently assessed to evaluate interventions or guide treatment. When using calibrated equipment in a standardised method hand held dynamometry is a reliable measure for hand grip strength and can be compared to normative data. However, existing British grip strength normative data was published 20 years ago. Methods A non-experimental quantitative study was carried out to establish if existing UK hand grip norms and consolidated multinational norms were representative of today’s 20-49 year old British adults population. The methodology used was modelled on a previous British study using the mean Jamar dynamometer maximal grip strengths and reported within age bands. Results One hundred and thirty-five healthy British citizens of various ethnicities between 20-49 years were recruited. Grip strength decreased in comparison to the existing British normative data for both males and females in all age bands. A significant difference exists (p<.05) for male right hand aged 40-44 years and right and left hands for women 25-29 years and 45-49 years. Significant differences was also noted in 5 and 8 of the 12 multinational means for men and women respectively. Discussion Due to small sample size, the ability of this study to demonstrate a significant difference in mean grip strength to the earlier British norms is low. However, a small increase in sample size may have resulted in further significant differences with both studies. Thus, suggesting a larger study taking into consideration ethnicity is recommended to ensure valid and reliable grip strength norms are used in practice.|
|Appears in Collections:||Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers|
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