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Best Practice Protocols for Physique Assessment in Sport

  • Edited by: Patria A. Hume, Deborah A. Kerr, Timothy R. Ackland
  • ISBN: 9789811054174
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
  • Edition: 1st
  • Publication Date: January 23, 2018
  • Format: Hardback – 276 pages
  • Language: English


This book outlines best practice protocols for body composition analysis of high-performance athletes and provides guidance on the use of new technologies for anthropometry. While surface anthropometry has traditionally been used to assess body composition through the internationally recognized methodology of the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK), the recent commercialization of devices, such as bioelectrical impedance technologies, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), ultrasound, 3D photometry and air-displacement plethysmography (Bod Pod), has led to the non-standardized adoption of new measurement techniques.

In this textbook, leading researchers detail standardization procedures for each technology: in terms of athlete preparation, test protocols, test reporting, equipment calibration and data interpretation. Each chapter covers a different tool: how it works, what it is used to measure, and what the issues are surrounding its validity, practicality and reliability. This book provides an essential reference for device technicians and sport practitioners, ensuring that high-performance athletes are afforded accurate and comparable body composition information to guide their training routines.

Key Features
  • Outlines best practice protocols for body composition analysis
  • Validates the utility of new technologies for anthropometry
  • An essential reference for sports practitioners involved in physique assessment of elite athletes
Table of Contents
  1. Part I. Why Measure Physique?
    1. Physique Assessment In Youth Sports For Talent Identification And Development
    2. Anthropometry and Health for Sport
    3. Optimising Physique for Sports Performance
    4. Physique Assessment for Sports Ergonomics Applications
  2. Part II. How to use the Selected Method and Report the Data
    1. Athlete Considerations for Physique Measurement
    2. Non-Imaging Method: Surface Anthropometry
    3. Non-Imaging Method: 3D Scanning
    4. Non-Imaging Method: Air Displacement Plethysmography (Bod Pod)
    5. Non-Imaging Method: Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis
    6. Non-Imaging Method: Doubly-Labelled Water
    7. Imaging Method: Ultrasound
    8. Imaging Method: Computed Tomography And Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    9. Imaging Method: Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry
    10. Imaging Method: Technological and Computing Innovations
  3. Part III. Application of Physique Assessment in Athletes
    1. Physique Assessment in Practice
    2. Recommendations for Conducting Research on Athletes – Large-Scale-Survey Case Studies
    3. Physique Characteristics Associated With Athlete Performance
    4. Body Image for Athletes
    5. Training and Accreditation Systems and Ethical Considerations
    6. Resources: YouTube Videos and the Jelckc Website and Archive
Editors Biography

Patria Hume is Professor of Human Performance at the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Patria has a PhD in sports injury biomechanics, and an MSc(Hons) and BSc in exercise physiology and sports psychology.

Associate Professor Deborah Kerr is a research academic with a PhD in exercise and bone health and Master of Science in body composition. Deborah is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and a fellow of Sports Dietitians Australia and an internationally recognised expert in body composition and physique assessment. Deborah is the only Level 4 ISAK accredited anthropometrist in Australia and one of 16 appointed by ISAK world-wide and qualifies her to conduct accredited training courses in anthropometry.

Tim Ackland is Professor of Applied Anatomy & Biomechanics, and was Head of the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, at The University of Western Australia. He has research interests in the mechanics of human movement with themes spanning exercise rehabilitation, high performance sport and human performance in industry. Prof. Ackland has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers as well as 5 academic books and 30 book chapters. He has served as a Director of Sports Medicine Australia and was a member of the IOC Medical Commission’s working party on Body Composition, Health and Performance.


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