Anthropometry and Archery

While skill is undoubtedly the most important thing for an archer, fitness and body size and shape can also be a factor in success. Body shape can affect balance and excess body fat increases fatigue, and having certain segment lengths may aid in the mechanics of shooting.

Anthropometry and Olympic Archery

Here is some information from the analysis of the anthropometric data (height, weight and age) from the archery participants at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Sport Age Height (cm) Weight (kg) BMI
OVERALL AVERAGE (all sports) 26.1 176.9 72.8 23.3
Archery (all) 26.1 173.7 71.9 23.8
Archery (females) 25.8 167.2 63.1 22.5
Archery (males) 26.4 180.2 80.7 24.9

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