Dasari, Bhoomiah and White, Jennifer
Is there a correlation between a person's BMI and their grip strength?
In, 4th Congress of the Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Hand Therapist (APFSHT) and 8th Congress of the Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (APFSSH), Kaohsiung City, TW,
13 - 15 Nov 2009.
Handgrip strength provides a viable measurement of impairment and function, which is utilized at assessment and throughout treatment to record progress. Previous studies have considered the relationship between Body Mass Index (BMI) and grip strength, but have reported contradictory findings. Many of these studies involved the use of same gender participants, or recruited people of a specific race. It is therefore difficult to directly compare and apply the results to wider population. Furthermore, no research has considered the relationship between BMI and handgrip strength in healthy, pathology free individuals of mixed age and gender. Further research in this field may therefore prove beneficial. This study recruited thirty volunteers of such characteristics, measured their handgrip strength and calculated their BMI. Results revealed no significant correlation; however a trend towards significance was identified, which highlights the need for further research using larger mixed sample sizes in future
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