Anthropometry for Fencing

Fencing is fast and athletic sport, requiring a high level of skill, agility and reflexes. Body size and composition is also important. Body size measurements such as height and arm span are important to measure, a greater reach is advantageous in fencing.

Skinfold measures should be performed to determine body fat levels. Excess body fat would affect the fencer's ability to move freely, and it would also increase fatigue during training and bouts.

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 fencing participants at the London 2012 Olympic Games. You will notice that the average height of the fencers were close to the average of all Olympians, though lighter and therefore a lower body mas index (BMI).

Sport Age Height (cm) Weight (kg) BMI
OVERALL AVERAGE (all sports) 26.1 176.9 72.8 23.3
Fencing (all) 26.3 176.7 69.8 22.2
Fencing (females) 26.1 170.5 61.7 21.2
Fencing (males) 26.5 183.0 78.0 23.2

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Here is average data from the analysis of the anthropometric data of the fencing 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
fencing (all) 28.0 1.77 70.7 22.4
fencing (females) 27.4 1.71 62.7 21.3
fencing (males) 28.6 1.83 78.8 23.4

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