Assessing The Athlete’s Grip Strength With Handgrip Strength Test

Handgrip Strength Test. The objective of this test is to assess the athlete’s grip strength.

Required resources

To undertake this test you will require:
  • Handgrip dynamometer.

How to conduct the test

]Handgrip Strength Test

The test is conducted as follows:

  • Reset the dynamometer to zero
  • Adjust the handgrip dynamometer to fit the size of the athlete’s hand
  • The athlete stands with the heels, buttocks and back resting against a wall
  • The athlete grips the dynamometer vertically above the head
  • When ready the athlete grips as hard as possible while moving through a 180 degree arc to the count of three. The arm remains locked and straight at the elbow throughout the grip manoeuvre
  • Record the final resistance on the dynamometer
  • Repeat with the other 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 analysis would indicate an improvement.

Target group

This test is suitable for active athletes but not for individuals where the test
would be contra indicated.


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


There are no published tables to relate results to potential performance in competition.
Mackenzie, Brian. 2005. 101 Performance Evalution Test. Electric World Plc. London.
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