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With a Partner

Give our pen-grasping experiment a try!

Hold the pen as tightly as you can in each of the wrist positions indicated in the trials. Have a partner try to pull the pen out of your grasp . . .

Trial 1
Neutral Wrist

Trial 2
Wrist Flexion

Trial 3
Wrist Extension

Did you discover in Trial 1 that neutral is your strongest position?

Was it harder to hold onto the pen in trials 1 & 2 in wrist flexion and extension?

Now you’ve directly experienced the effect your wrist position has on your grip strength!