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IJHSR. 2012; 1(2): 22-29

Effects of Pubertal Age on Handgrip Strength in School going Children of North India

Shyamal Koley, Archana Khanna.

Introduction: Handgrip strength is considered to be the overall physical strength of an individual. The present study was undertaken with the objectives to estimate the grip strength of adolescent school going students of north India aged 11-14 years and to search the age-wise individual contributions of some associated factors to the grip strength.
Methods: The present cross-sectional study is based on randomly selected 280 school going children (140 boys and 140 girls) aged 1114 years from Amritsar, north India. Three anthropometric variables, viz. height (cm), weight (kg) and percent body fat and dominant right handgrip strength (kg) were measured by standard techniques.
Results: Results indicated that both boys and girls recorded an increase in the mean value of height, body weight and dominant right handgrip strength from 11 14 years. Significant differences (p< 0.05 - .001) were observed in weight (in 11 years), dominant right handgrip strength (in 12 - 14 years), height (in 11 years) and % body fat (in 11-14 years) between boy and girl students. In age groups11, 12 and 13 years, significant correlations (p

Key words: Handgrip strength. Pubertal age. North Indian population. Height. Weight.

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