Anthropometry for Equestrian

Is body size and composition (anthropometry) important for the equestrian rider? Although the horse does a fair amount of the physical work, the rider also needs a certain amount of fitness, and body size can affect balance and coordination on the horse.

Anthropometry and Olympic Athletes

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

The equestrian riders are not surprisingly older than the average Olympian, having the highest average of all sports. Height and weight are a little lower than the average Olympic athlete.

Sport Age Height (cm) Weight (kg) BMI
OVERALL AVERAGE (all sports) 26.1 176.9 72.8 23.3
Equestrian (all) 37.9 174.4 67.2 22.0
Equestrian (females) 36.1 168.8 59.5 20.9
Equestrian (males) 39.0 178.1 72.4 22.8

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