Handgrip strength as a predictor of body composition in female college students [Fuerza de agarre como predictor de composición corporal en estudiantes universitarias] Article uri icon


  • The relevance of measuring handgrip strength (HGS) has increased in recent years as a marker of nutritional status, due to its relationship with morbidity and mortality and its increasing clinical and epidemiological application. HGS studies in healthy young adults reveal that it is positively associated with anthropometric and body composition variables, the same indicators used for health promotion among young university students. The objective of this study was to determine the correlation between the HGS with anthropometry variables, body composition measured by electrical bioimpedance and with exercise performance, to evaluate its usefulness as an indicator of nutritional status in college students. The results showed that the HGS of female college students was positively and significantly correlated with anthropometric variables (height), and body composition (muscle mass). Among this population group, health professionals need to promote the reduction of risk factors such as low muscle strength through the promotion of an active lifestyle and, specifically, strength exercises. © 2020, Sociedad Chilena de Nutricion Bromatologia y Toxilogica. All rights reserved.

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  • 2020-01-01