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Body Composition Assessment

What is involved?

During the profiling, measures are taken for height, weight, skinfold thickness (x 9), girths (x 5) and breadths (x 2). Such measures provide a map of fat distribution over the body, which is unavailable from other measurement techniques.

 

Such information can provide detail for training prescription based on strengths and weaknesses within measurements. The process takes 30 minutes and provides an estimate of body fat percentage and somatotype (muscularity, leanness and roundness.)

 

Clients are asked to wear tight clothing (e.g. cycling shorts) and are required to provide access to skin on waist, arms, shoulder, thigh and calf. The procedure does not cause any discomfort.

 

Why book body composition analysis?

Anthropometry is the measurement of body size and proportions including skinfold thickness, circumferences, bony widths and lengths, stature and body weight (Heyward & Wagner, 2004).

Competitive athletes are often conscious of their body composition because when aiming to compete at their optimum, body composition is a variable which they can manipulate. There are ‘ideal’ body types for different sports with particular reference to body fat, as this aspect often offers little contribution to overall performance.

 

Video showing a subject undergoing anthropometrical profiling
 

What will we identify from the analysis?

Restricted profile:
1. Body Fat %
2. Skin fold map (8 sites)
3. Weight/Height

 

Full Profile:
1. Body Fat %
2. Muscle Mass %
3. Skin Fold map
4. Somatotype
5. Girths
 

 

 

Undergoing an anthropometry (body composition) test in the lab

 

“the body composition assessments provided by the HPU are a valuable measure used to quantify the physical condition of our players thoughout different periods of the season...

...it is always a pleasure to work with the HPU and have them collaborate with our teams conditioning programme”

Antonio Gomez
Fitness Coach,
Ipswich Town Football Club


 

 

 
 
 
 

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