Evaluation of the Association Between Carrying Angle, Hand Grip Strength, Lateral Pinch Strength, and Hand Functional Index in Nursing Students

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Sema Polat; Emir Ibrahim Isık; Bayram Kelle & Pinar Göker


Health professionals especially nurses have ongoing contact with patients and they may have a high incidence of musculoskeletal problems. For this reason, grip strength and carrying angle are important parameters for all health professionals to succeed in their job and avoid injuries. It was aimed to determine the effects of the hand grip, and pinch strength, carrying angle of dominant, and non-dominant hands as well as the association of the hand functional index with morphometric measurements in 193 nursing students. The means of the carrying angle of dominant and non-dominant sides were 169.11±4.21° and 168.16±4.30°, respectively. The means of the dominant and, non-dominant sides of hand grip strength were 45.99±11.24 kg and 45.89±11.34 kg, respectively. The lateral pinch strength means were measured as 19.55±3.75 kg and 19.31±3.45 kg, respectively. This paper’s findings may be important for some experts such as anatomists, clinicians, surgeons, forensic scientists, anthropologists, and nurses- healthcare professionals keep in touch with patients. Also, we believe that appropriate and effective knowledge of carrying angle, hand grip and lateral pinch strength has created an opportunity to research in terms of reducing work-related risk factors.

KEY WORDS: Carrying angle; Bi-trochanteric distance; Hand grip strength; Lateral pinch strength; Nursing studies.

How to cite this article

POLAT, S.; ISIK, E. I.; KELLE, B. & GÖKER; P. Evaluation of the association between carrying angle, hand grip strength, lateral pinch strength, and hand functional index in nursing students. Int. J. Morphol., 41(5):1357-1363, 2023.