Analysis Of Anthropometric Characteristics In Basketball

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Register to read the introduction… running, dribbling, shuffling of positions and jumping [13]. It has been well-established that specific physical characteristics or an anthropometric profile indicate whether a player would be suitable for the competition at the highest level in a specific sport [2, 10, 12, 17, 31, 33, and 34]. In fact, the information regarding the anthropometric status of an athlete is essential for two main reasons, firstly, to design an effective training program, and, secondly to select the event-specific talents in the athletes. Some anthropometric characteristics, e.g. length and breadth measurements, are genetically determined and can hardly be changed with the effects of a training program. Various anthropometric characteristics were found to be closely associated with excellent performances [28]. In endurance games like basketball, a number of anthropometric variables have been reported to have an effect on endurance performance: body weight [6, 32], BMI [18], body fat [18], length of the upper leg [36],length of limbs [21], height [6, 26], thigh girth [36], total skin folds [6] and skin fold thickness of the lower limbs [4, 25].Although the game of basketball was invented and developed in North America, it has become one …show more content…
height, weight and BMI, nine arm anthropometric characteristics, viz. upper arm length, forearm length, total arm length, upper arm circumference, arm muscle area, upper arm area, upper arm bone-free muscle mass, arm fat area and arm fat index, and grip strength of both right and left hands were measured on each subject using standard techniques [23] by the same investigators and were measured in triplicate with the median value used as the criterion. The height was recorded during inspiration using a stadio meter (Holtain Ltd., Crymych, Dyfed, UK) to the nearest 0.1 cm. The subject was asked to stand erect on the stadio meter barefoot. The horizontal bar of the stadio meter was placed on the subject’s vertex and the readings were recorded. The weight was measured by digital standing scales (Model DS-410, Seiko, Tokyo, Japan) to the nearest 0.1 kg. The subject was asked to stand erect on the digital weighing machine barefoot and with minimum clothes on. The readings were recorded from the scales of the digital weighing machine. The BMI was then calculated using the formula weight (kg) / height 2 (m).The triceps skin fold was measured on the back of the upper arm over the triceps muscle using Harpenden skin fold caliper (Holtain Ltd, Crosswell, Crymych, UK) to the nearest 0.2 mm. The arm girth was measured from the mid of the upper arm by a flexible metallic tape (Holtain Ltd) from the right side of the subject. The arm muscle girth,

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