18. Hand Metrics as a Predictor for Grip Strength

Connor Murphy Hanover College
Faculty Sponsor(s): Bryant Stamford Hanover College
Grip strength is an attribute of quarterbacks and can influence how they are evaluated by scouts looking for good candidates. The purpose of this study was to investigate how effect hand metrics are as a predictor for grip strength. It was hypothesized that greater hand metrics are correlated with greater grip strength. The study consisted of 15 collegiate football players who completed one experiment session, including hand metrics measurements and data collection. The independent variable was the hand metrics of each subject. The dependent variable was the grip strength of each subject. The metrics taken in the study were hand volume measured by water displacement, hand span and a measurement of total finger length. Grip strength was measured using a hand dynamometer at varying points in the range of motion of the metacarpophalangeal point. Data collection is ongoing and will be completed soon. Pilot data and initial results support the claims that greater hand metrics led to greater grip strength; and that grip strength was greatest in the middle of the range of motion. The three metrics are all pretty much similar in their prediction ability, but hand volume appears to be slightly better than span and total finger length. Results suggest that these hand metrics are good predictors of grip strength and may improve the evaluations of quarterbacks regarding their grip strength. This study was conducted with approval from the Hanover College Human Subjects Institutional Review Board.
Pharmacy, Health Sciences, & Exercise Science
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Irwin Library Lower Level