Hand Grip Strength and Perceived Feelings of Fatigue
Goodman, Catherine B.
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The primary purpose of this research was to study the correlation between hand grip strength and perceived feelings of fatigue and the implications in career counseling. The main hypotheses investigate the psychological correlates of physical strength, as measured by grip strength, and mental endurance, as measured by an analysis of an open-ended question using Henry Murray' s need-press theory of personality. Specifically, it was theorized that individuals who are physical stronger will not be as fatigued, and have more endurance to accomplish tasks than the individuals who are not as strong. The 176 participants were randomly selected from inactive data files and ranged in age from 16 to 57, with 85 male participants and 91 female participants. The Ball Aptitude Battery™ and a hand dynamo-meter was used to measure the independent and dependent variables. Eight of the correlations, when using the Pearson product-moment correlational method, were found to be significant. However, these results were found to be non-significant and did not directly support the hypotheses.