Iliac Crest (Iliocristale, Suprailiac) Skinfold

The iliac crest skinfold site is one of the common locations used for the assessment of body fat in athletes. There are other sites in this region, such as the supraspinale. I have also come across another skinfold site near here, along the mid-axillary line at the level of the umbilicus (see details below). See the complete list of skinfold sites, and the general procedure for taking skinfold measurements.

Iliac Crest skinfold landmark site


  • Immediately above the iliac crest (top of hip bone), on the most lateral aspect (side).
Iliac Crest skinfold pinch


  • The fold is directed anteriorly and downward in line with the natural fold of the skin. The right arm should be held across the body to keep it away from the measurement area.

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