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Association of grip strength with anthropometric measures: Height, forearm diameter, and middle finger length in young adults
 
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Department of Medical Rehabilitation, University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria
 
 
Submission date: 2016-02-15
 
 
Acceptance date: 2016-11-14
 
 
Online publication date: 2017-03-09
 
 
Publication date: 2019-12-19
 
 
Corresponding author
Ukachukwu Okoroafor Abaraogu   

Department of Medical Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Science and Technology College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu 400006, Nigeria. Tel.: +234 806 358 2105.
 
 
Pol. Ann. Med. 2017;24(2):153–157
 
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ABSTRACT
Introduction:
Grip strength is routinely utilized in wide range of clinical setting as a physiological variable that is affected by a number of factors.

Aim:
Weexamined the relationships of forearm circumference, middle finger length, height, and BMI with handgrip strength measured among a group of young adults.

Material and methods:
This is a cross-sectional design among 517 young adults. Data was collected on one occasion using a hand held dynamometer for grip strength of dominant and non-dominant hands, commercial-scale for weight; tape measure for height, self report for age and gender.

Results and discussion:
Forearm circumference, middle finger length and height showed significant positive correlation (P < 0.01) with grip strength across both the dominant and non-dominant limb. On the other hand, there was no significant correlation between BMI and grip strength for both limbs (P > 0.05).

Conclusions:
In determining age and gender specific nomogram as well as assessing intervention outcomes for handgrip strength in young adults, anthropometrics of forearm circumference, middle finger length and height should be considered.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST
The authors declare that they do not have any conflict of interest to declare.
 
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