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"International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health"

2020, Vol. 7, Issue 1, Part C

Hand anthropometry: Correlation with grip strength and macronutrient intake among basketball players

Author(s): Rupal Pankaj Agrawal and Prajakta Jayant Nande

Abstract: In sports, physical strength is known to increase sporting success and performance. Especially, hand grip strength (grasping strength) is the most important determinant. This study deals with the effect of macronutrients intake on handgrip strength & its relation with hand anthropometric indices of young girls and boys undergoing regular basketball training (age: 10-15 yrs, n=400). Players were selected from leading basketball training clubs of Nagpur city of Maharashtra State, India. Mid upper arm circumference (MUAC), elbow breadth, forearm circumference, wrist circumference, palm width, palm length, index finger length, ring finger length & arm length of basketballers were measured. Fat folds at biceps & triceps were measured using skinfold caliper. Upper arm muscle circumference (UAMC) and upper arm muscle area (UAMA) of players were also derived. Handgrip strength of basketballers using a grip strength dynamometer was examined. Dietary intake data was collected by 24 hour’s dietary recall method for consecutive three days. Players were unable to meet the standards for MUAC, elbow breadth, forearm circumference & wrist circumference for their age & gender but possessed wider & longer palms as compared to reference standards. Mean index finger & ring finger lengths significantly increased with age in both the genders. Girls demonstrated higher mean values of biceps & triceps skinfolds than boys. Players failed to meet the age wise standards for UAMC & UAMA. Being regular in their daily meal timings, basketballers failed to meet the daily requirements of energy but consumed higher quantities of proteins. The younger & older groups of boys possessed significantly more powerful handgrip strength than the younger & older groups of girls, respectively. Age wise improvement in hand grip strength was noted among girls & boys. The results indicate that handgrip strength of basketballers is positively influenced by their hand anthropometric characteristics and nutritional status.

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How to cite this article:
Rupal Pankaj Agrawal, Prajakta Jayant Nande. Hand anthropometry: Correlation with grip strength and macronutrient intake among basketball players. Int J Phys Educ Sports Health 2020;7(1):138-145.
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