Body proportions, body composition and pubertal development of children in competitive sports.

  • Damsgaard R
  • Bencke J
  • Matthiesen G
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The aim of this study was primarily to investigate anthropometric variables, body composition and pubertal development in children aged 9-13 participating in competitive sports. Secondly, the influence of age, sport, training hours and pubertal development/maternal menarcheal age on body composition and pubertal development was explored. A total of 183 (96 girls, 87 boys) children performing swimming (Sw), tennis (Te), European team handball (TH), and gymnastics (Gy) took part in the study. Anthropometric measurements and pubertal development were determined. The participants completed a questionnaire regarding hours of training per week and maternal menarcheal age. Significant differences in stature (z-scores) were found in both boys (Sw=0.06; Te=0.04; TH=0.05; Gy=-0.66, P

Author-supplied keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Anthropometry
  • Body Composition
  • Child
  • Child Development
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Physical Fitness
  • Puberty
  • Sex Factors
  • Sports

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  • R. Damsgaard

  • J. Bencke

  • G. Matthiesen

  • J.H. Petersen

  • J. Müller

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