Nutritional status and body composition of juvenile elite female gymnasts

  • Filaire E
  • Lac G
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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to examine body composition, dietary intake and energy expenditure in 12 young female elite gymnasts aged 10.1 +/- 0.3 years, doing a physical exercise of 15 hrs x week-1. The results were compared with a control group consisting of nine volunteer school girls age matched doing less than 4 hrs x wk-1 of physical exercise. METHODS: Assessments included dietary intake for 7 days, anthropometric measurements (body weight, height, arm circumference, triceps and subscapular skinfolds, body mass index). Body fat percentage was estimated using the Slaughter equation. Anthropometric measurements and nutritional intake were recorded in autumn. RESULTS: The gymnasts were shorter and had lower body weight compared with controls (p

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  • Aged
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Weight
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Vitamins
  • age
  • assessment
  • athletes
  • body composition
  • energy expenditure
  • investigation
  • measurement
  • method
  • methods
  • nutrition
  • protein
  • skinfold
  • study

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  • G Lac

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