Assessment of upper limb and core muscle strength in physiotherapy student aged 20-25 years.
Keywords:Core strength, Hand grip, Musculoskeletal pain, Physiotherapy students, Upper limb strength
Background: Aim of the study is to assess the upper limb and core muscle strength in physiotherapy student aged 20-25 years.
Methods: A observational study was carried out among 150 undergraduate physiotherapy students both males and females under the age group 20-25 years including final years and interns. A study was conducted by using modified push up test (females), standard push up test (males), hand grip strength using Jamar hand dynamometer and 1 min plank test to assess upper limb and core muscle strength respectively.
Results: The results showed that most of the female physiotherapy students have a weak upper limb and core muscle strength compared to males.
Conclusions: To conclude most of the female physiotherapy students have a weak upper limb and core muscle strength compared to male physiotherapy students. This is one of the factors that leads to musculoskeletal pain and work-related musculoskeletal disorders in physical therapy profession.
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