81871 - Sports Anthropometry

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the students are able to determine the physical characteristics necessary to optimize athletic performance at a high level and the influence of amateur and non-amateur sport activities on physical structure in the developmental, adult and old age classes. By means of practice, the students are able to measure the fundamental anthropometric dimensions and those useful for the physical structure and body composition valuation.

Course contents

Anthropomorphic factors which determine the success of an athlete; potential population, selective pressure, z-score; anthropometric aspects of selection; athletes anthropometric profiling; examples of morphological optimization. Talent identification and selection. Biological age determination. Techniques of stature prediction in adult age. Maturation and performance: variation in performance associated with maturation. Characteristics of young athletes. Physical characteristics of high level athletes. Body proportions, body proportions, somatotype and performance: examples of morphological optimization. Body composition: problems and new methodological approaches. Body image and athletes. Genetics aspects of anthropometric characters and performance.


Lessons notes

T.R Ackland, B.C. Elliott, J. Bloomfield: Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics in Sport, Human Kinetics, 2009

K. Norton, T. Olds: Anthropometrica- UNSW Press 2000

R. Malina, C. Bouchard, O. Bar-Or: Growth, maturation, and physical activity. Human Kinetics, 2004

C. Bouchard, R. Malina, L . Pérusse: Genetics of fitness and physical performance. Human Kinetics 1997

R.Malina: Crescita e maturazione di bambini ed adolescenti praticanti atletica leggera. Atleticastudi 2006

The slides of the lessons will be given to the students in blocks during the course.    Scientific papers related to the topics.

Teaching methods

Oral lectures


Assessment methods

The assessment of learning occurs through the oral examination, which has the objective of verifying the acquisition of skills and abilities expectations as detailed in the objectives of the course and will be deemed superseded by the correct answer three main questions related to topics during the course.

Through the oral exam will be assessed: 1) the mastery of the concepts and methods covered during lessons and practices, 2) the ability to critically elaborate the topics addressed, 3) the clarity of exposure and the ability to use the specific languages of the discipline, 4) the ability to build a didactic path on a chosen topic.

Teaching tools

Videoprojector, PC, anthropometric equipment

Office hours

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