Online Course
Sporting Hand and Wrist – Why Power and Pinch Grips Matter
Successfully test and restore grip strength

1-1.5 hours





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Ian Gatt
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Ian is a sport physiotherapist with extensive experience treating upper extremity pathologies amongst Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

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Hand function and strength are essential elements in day to day life and participation in sports. There are three main types of Grip with different variations depending on the function and use in sports. Loss of grip strength after a hand or wrist injury could have a significant impact on sports performance. This course discusses the types of grip, grip measurements and rehabilitation of grip strength


The course aims to introduce different types of grip in sports, important considerations when testing grip strength and tips on rehabilitating grip strength.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.2 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • compare the 2 main types of grips and their uses in hand function
  • explain the classification of hand functions in day to day life
  • differentiate the type of grips used in different sports
  • discuss the considerations involved in measuring grip strength
  • discuss examples of interventions used in rehabilitation of grip strength

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
I learned lots of new information from this course!
Ida Odegaard
I would like to treat more wrist and hand patients, as my knowledge increase with these courses. I feel that traditionally these patients get referred to OT, and I would like to get more involved.
Gerna De Jager
Before doing Ian’s course my knowledge on grip types and exercises was very generic. Now I approach the subject differently in terms of assessment and planning the rehabilitation programme.
United Kingdom