Assessing Grip Strength With Grip Strength Test

Grip Strength Test. The objective of this test is to monitor the development of the athlete’s grip strength.
Required resources
To undertake this test you will require a Dynamometer.
How to conduct the test
Grip Strength Test
  • Use a hand grip dynamometer to measure grip strength
  • Record the maximum reading (kg) from three attempts using the dominant hand.
Analysis of the result is by comparing it with the results of previous tests. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysiswould indicate an improvement.
Normative data for the grip strength test
The following are national norms for 16 to 19 year olds.

Target group
This test is suitable for active individuals but not for those where the test would be contraindicated.

Reliability would depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual’s level of motivation to perform the test.

There are published tables to relate results to potential level of fitness and the correlation is high.

Mackenzie, Brian. 2005. 101 Performance Evalution Test. Electric World Plc. London.
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