81871 - Sports Anthropometry

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  • Teacher Stefania Toselli

  • Credits 3

  • SSD BIO/08

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Sciences and Techniques of Sports Activities (cod. 9069)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Oct 05, 2021 to Nov 10, 2021


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

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2021/2022

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

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


Lessons slides

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

S. Toselli, F. Campa. Valutazione antropometrica per la Salute e la Performance. ATS, Giacomo Catalani editore, Arezzo, 2021

E. Marini , S. Toselli, editors. Bioelectrical impedance analysis of body composition. Applications in sports science. UNICApress, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, 2021.


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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