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Sitting Height

Sitting height gives a measure of the length of the trunk. Sometimes sitting height measurement is conducted in addition to the standing height. It is a measurement of the distance from the highest point on the head to the base sitting surface.

measuring sitting height measuring sitting height

equipment required: stadiometer or ruler placed against a wall, box or chair.

procedure: The subject sits with both feet on the floor, the lower back and shoulders against the wall, looking straight ahead. Distance can be measured from the floor, and the height of the box measured and subtracted from the total distance.

reliability: Height measurement can vary throughout the day, being higher in the morning, so should be measured at a consistent time of day.

advantages: low costs, quick test

other comments: Upper body length or proportionally long legs is an important attribute for many sports.

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