Anthropometry for Wrestling

Anthropometry (body size and composition) is a very important component of fitness for wrestlers. Skinfold measures should be performed to determine body fat levels. It is important to be as lean as possible so that the wrestler can maximize his muscle mass for their particular weight category.

Being short is usally an advantage, with greater balance and stability. You can measure body size measurements such as height and arm span.

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 wrestling participants at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The wrestlers are shorter and lighter than the average Olympian.

Sport Age Height (cm) Weight (kg) BMI
OVERALL AVERAGE (all sports) 26.1 176.9 72.8 23.3
Wrestling (all) 26.0 172.5 74.6 25.1
Wrestling (females) 26.0 163.4 59.7 22.2
Wrestling (males) 25.9 175.3 79.1 25.4

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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

  Age (years) height (m) weight (kg) BMI
AVERAGE (all sports) 26.8 1.77 72.0 22.9
Wrestling (all) 27.1 1.72 77.9 25.8
Wrestling (females) 26.1 1.65 61.8 22.6
Wrestling (males) 27.5 1.76 85.6 27.3


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