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Anthropometry for Badminton

Having the most appropriate body size and composition is part of making a champion badminton player. Tall players with a good arm length can reach more areas of the court with ease. Excess body fat would affect the player's ability to move freely around the court, and the extra weight will increase fatigue.

There are tests of body size such as height and weight, and arm span which are important for badminton players. Bodyfat can be measured using the skinfold method. If this is not available, monitoring body weight changes would give an indication of body fat changes, assuming no change in muscle mass.

Anthropometry and Olympic Athletes

London 2012 Olympic Games

Here is some information from the analysis of the anthropometric data (height, weight and age) from the badminton 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
Badminton (all) 26.2 173.6 66.8 22.1
Badminton (females) 25.3 168.5 60.8 21.4
Badminton (males) 27.1 178.7 72.7 22.7

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Here is average data from the analysis of the anthropometric data of the badminton participants at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

  Age (years) height (m) weight (kg) BMI
AVERAGE (all sports) 26.8 1.77 72.0 22.9
all badminton athletes 27.4 1.75 68.8 22.5
females 26.2 1.69 61.2 21.5
males 28.6 1.81 76.2 23.4

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