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Title: The relationship between anthropometry and hand grip strength among elderly Malaysians
Authors: Nurul Shahida, M.S.
Siti Zawiah, M.D.
Case, Keith
Keywords: Anthropometry
Hand grip strength
Elderly Malaysians
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: NURUL SHAHIDA, M.S., SITI ZAWIAH, M.D. and CASE, K., 2015. The relationship between anthropometry and hand grip strength among elderly Malaysians. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 50, pp.17-25.
Abstract: It is known that the ageing process will result in a decrease in anthropometric dimensions as well as loss of hand grip strength, which is natural among elderly people. Previous studies have shown that the decrease in anthropometric dimensions may influence hand grip strength of elderly people. Hence, this paper seeks to determine the relationship between anthropometric dimensions and hand grip strength among elderly Malaysians. A total of 112 elderly subjects aged 60 years and above residing in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, are recruited in this study. The subjects comprise 56 males (age range 60–79 years, mean: 66.88, SD: 5.35) and 56 females (age range: 60–82 years, mean: 66.98, SD: 5.16). In this study, 38 anthropometric dimensions are measured, along with hand grip strength. The anthropometric dimensions are measured using a professional standard anthropometry set whereas hand grip strength (in Newtons) is measured using a dynamometer. The mean values, standard deviations and percentiles are determined and the data are analysed by correlation analysis. The results show that there is a significant correlation between the following anthropometric dimensions (stature, sitting hip breadth, wrist circumference, hand circumference and heel ankle circumference) and hand grip strength. These findings of this study are indeed useful for product designers to design and develop ergonomic hand-held products for elderly Malaysians.
Description: This paper is closed access.
Sponsor: This work was supported by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia under the High Impact Research Grant [Grant No.: HIR-FMC (H-16001-D0035), Project title: Integrated Production Planning and Decision Analysis System for SMEs].
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1016/j.ergon.2015.09.006
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18875
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ergon.2015.09.006
ISSN: 1872-8219
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)

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