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

London 2012 Olympic Games

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

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Here is average data from the analysis of the anthropometric data of the equestrian 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
equestrian (all) 37.8 1.75 67.5 22.0
equestrian (females) 36.9 1.68 58.6 20.7
equestrian (males) 38.3 1.79 73.0 22.8

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