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Brief Report  |   March 2001
Effect of Wrist Positioning on the Repeatability and Strength of Power Grip
Author Affiliations
  • Pauline W. K. Fong, MSc, is Physiotherapist, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong
  • Gabriel Y. F. Ng, PhD, is Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong; rsgng@polyu.edu.hk
Article Information
Hand and Upper Extremity / Departments / Brief Report
Brief Report   |   March 2001
Effect of Wrist Positioning on the Repeatability and Strength of Power Grip
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March/April 2001, Vol. 55, 212-216. doi:10.5014/ajot.55.2.212
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March/April 2001, Vol. 55, 212-216. doi:10.5014/ajot.55.2.212
Abstract

Objective.This study tested the between-day repeatability and effect of wrist positioning on grip strength measurement.

Method.Thirty healthy men 20 years to 69 years of age were tested twice, 1 week apart, in six wrist positions.

Results.The findings showed good repeatability for grip strength, with the intraclass correlation coefficient [ICC(1, 3)] ranging from .9043 to .9663. Significant differences were found in grip strength among the six positions (p < .001), with grip strength measured at 15° or 30° of wrist extension (EXT) and 0° ulnar deviation (UD) significantly greater than that of 0° UD and 0° EXT or 15° UD with or without EXT. This finding suggests the clinical importance of standardizing the testing position for grip strength measurement.

Conclusion.The high repeatability of the tests supports the use of the grip strength measurement to evaluate treatment progress.