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The somatotype of "amateur" Italian female volleyball-players.

by F. Viviani, F. Baldin
Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness ()


In order to collect first-hand data on the somatotype of “amateur” male volleyball players (VP), 50 athletes were measured according to the Heath/Carter anthropometric somatotype method. They were divided into two groups: juniors (aged 15.5±1.2 years old) and seniors (aged 22.9±3.3 years old). Their somatotype scores were respectively: 3.0-3.9-3.7 and 2.9-3.9-3.1. Both the two sub-groups tended to be heavier and taller than “sedentary” Italians of the same age, but, when senior VP were compared with “top” performers, their main body parameter values resulted as being lower. Even if well suited to their sporting activity and the performance level reached, their body parameters – in the middle, between the “sedentary” and the “top” performers – could partly explain their status of “amateurs”. Key words: somatotype, male, volleyball players. INTRODUCTION

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