The relationship between the grip strength and physical function of preschool children
【Introduction】The physical function of children has changed over the past few years. However, few studies appear to have measured the physical fitness of preschool children. The aim of the current study was to determine and analyze the relationship between the grip strength and physical function of young children. 【Subjects and Methods】Subjects were 82 5-year-olds. Grip strength, occlusal force, and toe grip strength were measured, and physical fitness was measured via a standing long jump, twolegged hopping, how long one can support one’s own weight with the arms, catching a ball, and a 25-m dash. Results were assessed using univariate and multiple regression analysis. 【Results】Univariate analysis revealed a significant correlation between grip strength and 4 items: occlusal force, performance on the 25-m dash, two-legged hopping, and how long one can support one’s own weight with the arms. In addition, multiple regression analysis identified occlusal force and how long one can support one’s own weight with the arms as related factors independent of grip strength. 【Conclusion】The grip strength of preschool children was found to be related to occlusal force and how long one can support one’s own weight with the arms, suggesting that grip strength is closely related to upper body function. Based on this finding, grip strength could be used as a way to measure the physical function of preschool children.
広島都市学園大学雑誌 : 健康科学と人間形成 = Journal of Hiroshima Cosmopolitan University : health sciences and human formation