Grip Strength, What is it? What does it mean?
Grip strength is a measure of muscular strength or the maximum force/tension generated by one’s forearm muscles. It can be used as a screening tool for measurement of upper body strength and overall strength. It is most useful when multiple measurements are taken over time to track performance.
Research indicates that grip strength in midlife can predict physical disability in senior years. Improving your strength now may prevent injury and disability later. Be aware that some medical conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis, affect grip strength. Grip strength and overall strength can be improved by weight training—and also by changing some daily activities.
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By Ruth E. Litchfield / Human Sciences Extension and Outreach Publications / Iowa State University