Somatotyping of the Swiss Junior and Elite National Team - a descriptive study

Clijsen, Ron and Spieser, Laura and Rucker, Alfred Maria Lorenz and Cabri, Jan and Clarys, Peter (2013) Somatotyping of the Swiss Junior and Elite National Team - a descriptive study. In: Book of Abstracts 18th. annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science., 26-29 june, 2013 , Barcelona, Spain.

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Objective To establish the anthropometrical characteristics and the hand grip strength of the Swiss junior and elite judo national team. Methods 24 members, 19 males (23.01 ± 4.91 years) and five females (19.95 ± 2.02 years), were measured. The following anthropometric measurements were carried out: body size, body weight, skinfolds (subscapular, biceps, triceps, supraspinal, abdominal, calf) bicondylar humerus and femur breadths, upper arm and calf circumferences, body fat % (tanita scale). Based on these measurements BMI and determination of somatotypes were calculated. In addition, the handgrip strength was measured. The anthropometric measurements were carried out in accordance with ISAK guidelines. Results There were anthropometric differences between the Swiss male juniors and elite male judokas in muscular components and between the Swiss athletes and the athletes of the reference studies. The mean somatotype of the male judokas was 2.2 ± 0.8 for the endomorphy, 6.0 ± 0.9 for the mesomorphy and 2.0 ± 0.7 for the ectomorphy. The mean somatotype was balanced mesomorph. The mean handgrip strength of male judokas was 47.4 ± 6.7kg. The mean somatotype of female judoka was 3.7 ± 1.2 for the endomorphy, 4.9 ± 0.7 for the mesomorphy and 1.5 ± 0.3 for the ectomorphy. The mean somatotype was mesomorphic endomorph. The mean hand grip strength of the female judoka was 27.0 ± 3.1kg. Conclusion Somatotyping and handgrip strength values indicate the importance of muscularity in judo performance. All results are in agreement with the literature. References Degotte F, Jouanel P, Bègue RJ, Colombier M, Lac G, Peguinot J M, Filaire E. Food Restriction, Performance, Biochemical, Psychological, and Endocrine Changes in Judo Athletes. Int J Sports Med 27; 2006: 9–18 Clarys P, Ramon K, Hagman F, Deriemaeker P, Zinzen E. Influence of weight reduction on physical performance capacity in judokas. Journal of Combat Sports and Martial Arts 2010; 1: 71–76

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