Practical assessment of body composition

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Title translated into German:Bestimmung der Koerperzusammensetzung in der Praxis
Author:Jackson, Andrew S.; Pollock, Michael L.
Published in:The physician and sportsmedicine
Published:13 (1985), 5 , S. 76-90, Lit.
Format: Publications (Database SPOLIT)
Publication Type: Journal article
Media type: Print resource
ISSN:0091-3847, 2326-3660
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Identification number:PU198505023966


The assessment of body composition has become an important method for determining a desirable body weight of adults and athletes. Hydrostatic weighing is a popular and valid method, but it is often not feasible for the clinical setting or for mass testing; thus, anthropometry has become the preferred method. This article reviews the scientific basis for generalized body composition prediction equations and provides methods for evaluating body composition. The authors recommend using a sum of three skinfolds (triceps, chest, and subscapula for men and triceps, abdomen, and suprailium for women) and give detailed instructions for securing accurate measurements of body fat. Verf.-Referat