Handgrip Strength Norms

A grip strength dynamometer is useful for testing your hand grip strength. The following are the norm values provided with the Camry Electronic Handgrip Dynamometer, useful for rating grip strength values for a wide range of age groups and for tracking improvements with strength training and during rehabilitation.

Handgrip strength test results can vary depending on the protocol used, so it is important to compare results to norms derived using the same techniques. The dynamometer handle is usually adjusted (if possible) to fit the hand or set at the same setting for everyone. The same setting should be used when retesting. The strength of the left and right hand can also vary, so the tests should be either be conducted on the same side, on the dominant side, or done on both sides and averaged. Several attempt is usually required to get the maximum score.

Results are expected to differ between male and females, between left and right (dominant and non-dominant) hands, and with age. The results can also be affected by the position of the wrist, elbow and shoulder, so these should be standardized.

There is also a simple norm table provided on the grip strength testing procedure page, and there are some grip strength results of athletes.

Grip Strength Ratings for Males (in kg)

AGE Weak Normal Strong
10-11 < 12.6 12.6-22.4 > 22.4
12-13 < 19.4 19.4-31.2 > 31.2
14-15 < 28.5 28.5-44.3 > 44.3
16-17 < 32.6 32.6-52.4 > 52.4
18-19 < 35.7 35.7-55.5 > 55.5
20-24 < 36.8 36.8-56.6 > 56.6
25-29 < 37.7 37.7-57.5 > 57.5
30-34 < 36.0 36.0-55.8 > 55.8
35-39 < 35.8 35.8-55.6 > 55.6
40-44 < 35.5 35.5-55.3 > 55.3
45-49 < 34.7 34.7-54.5 > 54.5
50-54 < 32.9 32.9-50.7 > 50.7
55-59 < 30.7 30.7-48.5 > 48.5
60-64 < 30.2 30.2-48.0 > 48.0
65-69 < 28.2 28.2-44.0 > 44.0
70-99 < 21.3 21.3-35.1 > 35.1

Grip Strength Ratings for Females (in kg)

AGE Weak Normal Strong
10-11 < 11.8 11.8-21.6 > 21.6
12-13 < 14.6 14.6-24.4 > 24.4
14-15 < 15.5 15.5-27.3 > 27.3
16-17 < 17.2 17.2-29.0 > 29.0
18-19 < 19.2 19.2-31.0 > 31.0
20-24 < 21.5 21.5-35.3 > 35.3
25-29 < 25.6 25.6-41.4 > 41.4
30-34 < 21.5 21.5-35.3 > 35.3
35-39 < 20.3 20.3-34.1 > 34.1
40-44 < 18.9 18.9-32.7 > 32.7
45-49 < 18.6 18.6-32.4 > 32.4
50-54 < 18.1 18.1-31.9 > 31.9
55-59 < 17.7 17.7-31.5 > 31.5
60-64 < 17.2 17.2-31.0 > 31.0
65-69 < 15.4 15.4-27.2 > 27.2
70-99 < 14.7 14.7-24.5 > 24.5

source: Camry Electronic Hand Dynamometer Instruction manual

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