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Handgrip Strength Test

The purpose of this test is to measure the maximum isometric strength of the hand and forearm muscles. Handgrip strength is important for any sport in which the hands are used for catching, throwing or lifting. Also, as a general rule people with strong hands tend to be strong elsewhere, so this test is often used as a general test of strength.

MALES FEMALES
rating* (lbs) (kg) (lbs) (kg)
excellent > 141 > 64 > 84 > 38
very good 123-141 56-64 75-84 34-38
above average 114-122 52-55 66-74 30-33
average 105-113 48-51 57-65 26-29
below average 96-104 44-47 49-56 23-25
poor 88-95 40-43 44-48 20-22
very poor < 88 < 40 < 44 < 20
* norms for adults. source and population group unknown

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