Author(s): Jackson AS, Pollock ML
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Abstract In brief: 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.
This article was published in Phys Sportsmed
and referenced in Journal of Sports Medicine & Doping Studies