Anthropometry and Shooting

While skill is undoubtedly the most important facor in the success of a shooter, fitness and body size and shape can also be important. Body shape can affect balance and excess body fat increases fatigue, and having certain segment lengths may aid in the mechanics of shooting.

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Anthropometry and Olympic Shooting Sports

London 2012 Olympic Games

Here is some information from the analysis of the anthropometric data (height, weight and age) from the shooting participants at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Shooters were shorter than the average Olympian, but of similar average weight.

Sport Age Height (cm) Weight (kg) BMI
OVERALL AVERAGE (all sports) 26.1 176.9 72.8 23.3
Shooting (all) 31.4 172.1 72.9 24.4
Shooting (females) 28.8 164.8 62.6 23.0
Shooting (males) 33.2 177.5 80.5 25.5

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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

  Age (years) height (m) weight (kg) BMI
AVERAGE (all sports) 26.8 1.77 72.0 22.9
shooting (all) 31.9 1.73 74.0 24.6
shooting (females) 29.8 1.65 62.7 23.0
shooting (males) 33.2 1.78 81.2 25.6

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