Aging Clinical and Experimental Research

, Volume 31, Issue 12, pp 1851–1853 | Cite as

Comparing absolute handgrip strength and handgrip strength normalized to body weight in aging adults

  • Ryan McGrathEmail author
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Measures of absolute grip strength (AGS) are clinically-viable for assessing sarcopenia and dynapenia during aging. Low AGS is associated with several poor health outcomes such as chronic morbidity, functional deficits, cognitive declines, and premature mortality in aging adults. Therefore, practitioners, healthcare providers, and researchers should consider utilizing AGS as a proxy for overall strength capacity in aging adult populations because it is inexpensive and non-burdensome for those undergoing testing.

As measures of AGS become more commonplace for those working with middle-aged and older adult populations, and for clinical and epidemiological investigations of aging adults, it is important to continue our understanding of evolutions in AGS data processing. Normalizing AGS to body weight (NGS) has emerged as a data processing technique that directly controls for the role of relative mass in muscle strength capacity, and its use has become noticeable. For example,...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise SciencesNorth Dakota State UniversityFargoUSA

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