Handgrip strength cut-points for cardiometabolic risk identification in U.S. younger population

Benjamin DeHondt, Samar Madi, Dorin Drignei, Duncan Buchan, Elise Brown*

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Identification of cardiometabolic risk (CMR) in U.S. younger population by assessing muscular strength via handgrip (HG) dynamometry may aid in prevention efforts. Currently, no nationally representative HG cut-points are available for identifying increased CMR in U.S. adolescents or young adults. In this study we propose normalized grip strength (NGS) cut-points for U.S. younger population CMR identification. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 data sets were used for analysis. A total of 1,033 participants (female [F], n=498; male [M], n=535) aged 12-24 years without current infection were included in analyses. The identified age- and sex-specific NGS cut-points are: M= 0.39 and F=0.34 (age=12-17 years), M= 0.45 and F=0.34 (age=18-24 years). These cut-points may be used in U.S. public health screening routines such as school- or community-based health-related fitness surveillance programs. Future work should use these cut-points in various samples to test their predictive utility for increased CMR.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2160254
JournalMeasurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science
Early online date21 Dec 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Dec 2022


  • dynamometer
  • obesity
  • prevention
  • muscular fitness
  • youth


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