An anthropometric analysis of elite australian track cyclists

McLean B.D. and Parker A.W. (1989) An anthropometric analysis of elite australian track cyclists. Journal of Sports Sciences, 7 3: 247-255. doi:10.1080/02640418908729845


Author McLean B.D.
Parker A.W.
Title An anthropometric analysis of elite australian track cyclists
Journal name Journal of Sports Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1466-447X
Publication date 1989-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02640418908729845
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 7
Issue 3
Start page 247
End page 255
Total pages 9
Subject 2732 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
3612 Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
Abstract An anthropometric analysis was conducted on 35 elite male Australian track cyclists having a mean age of 22.6 years and who had been competing on average for 9 years. The relationship of anthropometric parameters to both bicycle saddle height and cycling performance was also investigated. Subjects were allocated, for purposes of comparison, to an endurance or sprint group on the basis of their competitive event. The group members in total were ectomorphic mesomorphs of height 178 ± 4.8 cm and weight 72.5 ± 6.6 kg on average. Percentage of saddle height to lower limb length averaged 99 ± 1.6%, and significant correlations existed between strength and both body mass (r = 0.57) and thigh girth (r = 0.55). No significant correlation was seen between any anthropometric parameter and performance in an individual event. Cyclists in the sprint group were heavier (76.2 ±7.4 vs. 70.0 ± 4.7 kg, P0.01) and stronger (258 ± 44.4 vs. 216 ± 30.5 Nm, P0.01), and had larger chest (98.2± 6.2 vs. 92.4 ± 2.9 cm, P0.01), arm (33.0 ± 2.2 vs. 30.7 ± 1.6 cm, P0.01), thigh (57.5 ± 3.4 vs. 54.3 ± 2.5cm, P0.01) and calf girths (37.8 ± 1.7 vs. 36.2±1.9cm, P0.05) than cyclists in the endurance group. They were also more mesomorphic (5.3±0.7 vs. 4.7 ± 0.8, P0.05) and less ectomorphic (2.3 ± 0.9 vs. 2.9 ±0.6, P0.05) than the endurance cyclists.
Keyword Anthropometry
Cycling
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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