Fri, 12 April 2019
Your knuckles getting crushed in an overenthusiastic handshake by hands the size of watermelons isn't a fun experience. Do these knuckle-crushers know they're squeezing that hard, or do they just regularly snap pencils while taking notes, and wonder why pens and pencils are so fragile nowadays?
How much grip strength do you actually need, even if you're not planning on crushing any knuckles the next time you meet someone? How much grip strength do your patients need when recovering from a hand, wrist or upper limb injury?
Testing and building grip strength is a really important part of helping your hand, wrist, elbow pain and injury patients get back to work and day to day life. Gripping also pre-activates the rotator cuff, so you can use gripping as part of your patients shoulder rehab exercises.
Grip strength tests using handheld dynamometers (HHD)* test your "Power Grip", but this test doesn't assess thumb or pinch grip strength. There are two other grip strength tests that are pretty easy to perform, that are going to be better suited to some of your patients. What are they, and how can you test the different types of grip strength in your patients?
In this podcast with Physiotherapist (English Institute of Sport Boxing Technical Lead Physio) Ian Gatt, we discuss assessing and building grip strength, assessing hand and wrist injuries and more, including:
Like the tests demonstrated in the Clinical Edge online courses on Assessment & treatment of the elbow
Links associated with this episode:
CLICK HERE for your spot on a free shoulder assessment webinar with Jo Gibson, available soon.
Resources associated with this episode:
Video - How to wrap a boxer's hands with Ian Gatt
Loosemore et al. 2016. Hand and Wrist Injuries in Elite Boxing: A Longitudinal Prospective Study (2005-2012) of the Great Britain Olympic Boxing Squad.
Other Episodes of Interest:
PE 088 - Combating hand and wrist injuries part 1 with Ian Gatt
PE 043 - Sporting Shoulder with Jo Gibson
Direct download: Physio_Edge_089_Combating_hand__wrist_injuries_part_2_-_Objective_assessment_with_Ian_Gatt.mp3
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