Completing a Normative Data Set For Grip Strength
GripAble is excited to announce that it has completed the collection of its UK normative data set for grip strength.
The new data set will supersede and modernize the 1980’s Jamar normative data and reflect how grip strength has changed over the past 30 years as a result of cultural and technological shifts.
This data will enable clinicians to compare their patients grip strength against normal values in the population based on age and gender and provides an accurate, quantifiable measure for establishing realistic treatment goals and outcomes.
The Importance of Grip-Strength
Grip strength has long-since been used as a measure by therapists to understand function or track improvement following a hand injury. However, in recent years, there has been growing evidence grip strength is a remarkable and indispensable biomarker of an individual’s health. It’s strongly linked to total body muscle strength and it is known as a useful indicator for overall health.
Grip strength has also been correlated to these additional conditions:
- Fragility fractures
- Stroke outcomes
- Hip fractures
- Cardiovascular health
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)
- Sleep disturbances
Why it Matters
GripAble is determined to collect the largest digital data set on grip strength. Beyond the most recent data collected for 18 to 80 year-olds in the UK, GripAble plans to gather data in the United States which will be integrated into the GripAble platform.
With the updated normative data, therapists will be able to monitor their patients through the Gripable platform, and more accurately understand where their patients stand in relation to the general population. They’ll also be able to utilize this not only as a great rehabilitation tool, but more specifically, for conditions such as frailty and overall decline.
GripAble is a digital rehabilitation platform for the upper extremity. It is available for direct purchase in the United Kingdom, and is distributed by Medline in the United States. For more information on how GripAble can be used in your therapy practice please contact [email protected]