Age-related patterns of anthropometric characteristics in young wrestlers

Clayton L. Camic, Terry J. Housh, Michelle Mielke, C. Russell Hendrix, Jorge M. Zuniga, Glen O. Johnson, Dona J. Housh, Richard J. Schmidt

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of the present study was to compare the age-related patterns of anthropometric characteristics in young wrestlers (8-13 yr) to those of a national representative sample of boys the same age. Methods: Two hundred and fifty-three - young wrestlers (X̄ age ± SD, 11.1 ±1.6 yr; height (HT), 145.5 ± 11.4 cm; body weight (BW), 40.7 ± 10.9 kg) volunteered as subjects in the present study. The sample of young wrestlers was divided into six independent age groups: age group 8 (AG8), 8.00-8.99 yr (n = 27); AG9, 9.00-9.99 yr (n = 43); AG10, 10.00-10.99 yr (n = 50); AG11, 11.00-11.99 yr (n = 45); AG12, 12.00-12.99 yr (n = 56); and AG13, 13.00-13.99 yr (n = 32). Nine variables including BW, HT, body mass index (BMI), subscapular and triceps skinfolds, waist, midarm, maximal calf, and midthigh circumferences were assessed on each subject. Results: The results showed that there was only one (midthigh circumference) difference between the young wrestlers and the national sample for yearly changes in the anthropometric dimensions. Discussion: These findings indicated that participation in age group wrestling was not associated with age-related patterns of anthropometric characteristics that were different from those of a national representative sample of boys the same age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1014-1019
Number of pages6
JournalMedicine and science in sports and exercise
Volume41
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2009

Keywords

  • Anthropometry
  • Athletes
  • Circumferences
  • Skinfolds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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