Lab Report

Lab report
An evaluation of the relationship between male and female grip strength in both the dominant and non-dominant hand.
Grip strength is the force applied by the hand to pull on or suspend from objects and is a specific part of hand strength (Brookfield 2008). A large muscle complex in the forearm and hand is responsible for the wrist and finger movements (Coach and Athletic Director, Feb, 2004, k.mannie)
Extrinsic muscles in the hand is determined by grip strength (Richards, Olson & Palmiter-Thomas, 1996) and is therefore useful in the assessment of the upper extremity, hand function and general strength, as well as assessing the strength differences between males and females (Kuzala, & Vargo, 1992; Balogun, Akomolafe, & Amusa, 1991; Richards, et. al. 1996)..
It is beneficial to know if there is a difference in the grip strength or general strength of the dominant and non-dominant hands so that we can establish what each hand is capable of in everyday life situations. If gender effects grip then it is beneficial to have an understanding in examining the differences between genders and can therefore also be beneficial in assessing what males and females are capable of doing in variety of everyday living situations as well as sport specific situations(Singapore Med J 2002)
Recent studies have attempted to provide a conclusive image of the difference between dominant and non-dominant hand strengths. Crosby et al investigated normative values of hand grip, pulp and key pinch and claimed that the population as a whole demonstrated significant differences between the dominant and non-dominant hands. In their study, hand grip and pulp pinch strengths were 6% and 5% higher for the dominant hand respectively (Singapore Med J)

Previous studies have also shown that gender plays a role in grip strength performance.   Amusa, Akomolafe and Balogun (1991) all compared the grip strength between men and women while investigating the...