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Anthropometry for Table Tennis

While skill is undoubtedly the most important factor for a successful table tennis player, fitness and body size and shape can also be important. Body shape and size can affect balance, and excess body fat increases fatigue, and having certain segment lengths may aid in the mechanics of play and aid in reaching for the ball.

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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 table tennis participants at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The players were shorter and lighter that the average Olympian.

Sport Age Height (cm) Weight (kg) BMI
OVERALL AVERAGE (all sports) 26.1 176.9 72.8 23.3
Table Tennis (all) 27.6 172.1 66.2 22.2
Table Tennis (females) 26.7 165.6 58.5 21.2
Table Tennis (males) 28.6 178.5 73.8 23.2

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Here is average data from the analysis of the anthropometric data of the table tennis players at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

  Age (years) height (m) weight (kg) BMI
AVERAGE (all sports) 26.8 1.77 72.0 22.9
table tennis (all) 28.3 1.72 65.2 21.8
table tennis (females) 28.1 1.65 57.5 20.9
table tennis (males) 28.4 1.79 72.6 22.7

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