The Importance of Grip Strength for Firefighters
  • The Importance of Grip Strength for Firefighters
    Grip strength is important for firefighters. Grip strength may also be used to tell more about the tactical athlete’s readiness to train, hormone levels, nutritional status, and central nervous system (CNS) fatigue.
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    The following research has suggested grip strength could be a possible predictor of current health and physical capabilities. Grip strength was related to differences in endocrine function and hormone release (e.g., cortisol, endorphins) following a night of sleep deprivation (4). This revelation could have important implications for firefighters as they have a high likelihood of incurring poor sleeping habits.

    The study showed that grip strength fluctuated throughout the day, suggesting that tasks that heavily rely on grip strength may also demonstrate similar fluctuations (4). According to Cappaert, grip strength had time of day differences with the peak being in the afternoon (2). Further studies have shown that grip strength also decreases following a day of intoxication, which suggests a possible correlation between immune function and grip strength (6).

    TSAC Report, Issue 30
    Pages 8-10

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