Relationship of grip strength to anthropometric measurements: A correlational and canonical variate analysis

A. M. Dharmarajan, K. M.H. Perera, P. Balasuriya, S. Mathiaparanam

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Abstract

A study was undertaken to determine the relationship between grip strength and body dimensions. The grip strength, with the hand in three different positions, was obtained. Subsequently, seven measurements of body size (body dimensions) were made in male and female medical students. The mean, standard deviation, and matrix of correlations for all the variables were obtained. The grip strengths in the three different positions and the seven body dimensions were then subjected to canonical variate analysis. The data were analyzed separately for the sexes. The males showed higher average values for all of the body dimensions and grip stength. In males, grip strength was correlated well with height, weight, foot length and upper limb length (r values ranging from 0.51 to 0.35). The coefficients (r) in females were generally low. On canonical variate analysis, it was found that the grip strength of the male subjects was correlated well with the body size factor. However, this was not readily apparent among the female subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)797-805
Number of pages9
JournalAsian Medical Journal
Volume24
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

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