Top Ranked Sports in which body composition is important

Which sports are ranked highest when considering the importance of body composition - such as the distribution of muscle and fat, and body size such as height, lengths and girths? This list is based on the ratings of the factors of success considered most important by visitors to this website.

Body composition can be considered important in sports where you have an advantage of being tall (e.g. basketball) or small (jockeys), heavy (sumo wrestling) or light (gymnastics). On this list there are some surprising sports ranked high, though there is no doubt that body composition is one of the most important factors for jockeys and divers.

The ratings are still being recorded (this list is from December 2019), so the list order may change over time. Although over 50 of the world's major sports have been analyzed, there may be others that were not included and could also be ranked highly too. You can add your own rating for sports.

Ranking Sport Rating
1 Horse Jockey 77.3
2 Diving 76.3
3 Rowing 73.2
4 Gymnastics 71.8
5 Rugby Union 71.6
6 Weightlifting 71.4
7 Rugby League 71.2
8 Rugby 7s 71.1
9 Ultra Marathon 71.0
10 Basketball 70.9
11 Water Polo 70.0
12 Swimming (200m Free) 69.1
13 Motorsports 68.7
14 Wrestling 68.5
15 Sailing 68.4
16 Long Jump 68.3
17 Boxing 68.2
18 Road Cycling 67.6
19 Paddle Sports 67.5
20 Ice Hockey 67.4
21 Ultimate 67.2
22 Motocross 67.0
23 American Football 66.9
24 MMA 66.4
25 Squash 66.0
26 Cross-Country Skiing 65.4
27 Tennis 64.4
28 Australian Football 63.6
29 Volleyball (Indoor) 63.5
30 Martial Arts 62.6
31 Badminton 62.3
32 Equestrian 62.0
33 Handball 60.9
34 Baseball 60.8
35 Surfing 60.7
36 Triathlon 60.2
37 Softball 58.9
38 Football / Soccer 58.4
39 Field Hockey 57.9
40 Cricket 57.8
41 Table Tennis 57.6
42 Netball 56.9
43 Fencing 56.0
44 Archery 55.7
45 Golf 54.1
46 Orienteering 53.6
47 Tenpin Bowling 52.3
48 Lawn Bowls 46.2

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