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Anthropometry for Paddle Sports

Anthropometry (measuring body size and composition) is an important component of fitness testing for paddle sports. Low body fat, and having a long reach, are just two physical advantages in paddle sports.

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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 canoe participants at the London 2012 Olympic Games. You will notice that the sprinters were on average taller and heavier than the slalom participants. The higher BMI of the sprint athletes would possibly indicate a greater muscle mass.

Sport Age Height (cm) Weight (kg) BMI
OVERALL AVERAGE (all sports) 26.1 176.9 72.8 23.3
Canoe Slalom (all) 26.8 175.3 70.2 22.8
Canoe Slalom (females) 25.0 166.7 59.8 21.6
Canoe Slalom (males) 27.4 178.3 73.9 23.3
Canoe Sprint (all) 26.2 179.4 78.2 24.2
Canoe Sprint (females) 26.3 171.2 66.3 22.6
Canoe Sprint (males) 26.2 184.1 85.1 25.1

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Here is average data from the analysis of the anthropometric data of the canoeing competitors at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

  Age (years) height (m) weight (kg) BMI
AVERAGE (all sports) 26.8 1.77 72.0 22.9
Canoeing (all) 27.4 1.78 77.0 24.2
Canoeing (females) 27.7 1.70 66.5 23.0
Canoeing (males) 27.3 1.82 82.2 24.7

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