Anthropometry and Football

Although it is not the most important component of fitness, body size and composition (anthropometry) is one factor for a successful football player that should be considered.

What Measurements?

Important anthropometrical measures include body fat (skinfolds), body weight, and height. Body fat 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. The excess body fat would affect the football player's ability to move freely around the field, and the extra weight will increase fatigue. Height and arm span reach are particularly important for goalkeepers.

Anthropometry and Elite Football Players

We have collated and compared some data of elite football players.



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