Sport Specific Anthropometry

Tests of anthropometry include measurements of body size, structure, and composition. There is a wide range of ideal body shapes and compositions, depending on the sports, the playing position and the fitness level. See the links to detailed information about anthropometric measurements each of these sports.

For many sports it is an advantage to be short, tall, heavy or light. In terms of body composition, an athlete may wish to have anything from high muscularity to high fat levels. Sometimes this advantage is great, and other times very minimal.

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