Grip Strength Test
Testing and measurement are the means of collecting information upon which subsequent performance evaluations and decisions are made but in the analysis we need to bear in mind the factors that may influence the results.
To monitor the development of the athlete's grip strength.
To undertake this test you will require:
Normative data for the grip strength test
The following are national norms for 16 to 19 year olds. (Davis 2000).
Clerke (2005) conducted a study which examined the impact of the shape of the hand (as relatively long, average, or square shaped) on maximal voluntary isometric grip strength in a group of healthy male and female teenagers aged 13 to 17 years.
Analysis of the test result is by comparing it with the athlete's previous results for this test. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement in the athlete's grip strength.
This test is suitable for active individuals but not for those where the test would be contraindicated.
Test reliability refers to the degree to which a test is consistent and stable in measuring what it is intended to measure. Reliability will depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test. The following link provides a variety of factors that may influence the results and therefore the test reliability.
Test validity refers to the degree to which the test actually measures what it claims to measure and the extent to which inferences, conclusions, and decisions made on the basis of test scores are appropriate and meaningful. This test provides a means to monitor the effect of training on the athlete's physical development.
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