Somatotype and Body Fat Percentages among Malaysian Female Basketball Players
Keywords:Somatotype, body fat percentage, basketball players, playing position
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in English; abstract also in Chinese.
This study sought to determine the somatotype and body fat content of elite Malaysian female basketball players. It also sought to differentiate the somatotype and body fat content by playing position - attack, centre and defence. The somatotype was determined using the Heath Carter Somatotyping method and the body fat content by the skinfold method. Twelve elite female basketball players who represented Malaysia in the 1997 SEA Games were selected as the subjects (mean age of 22.75±2.67 years). It was found that the players were predominantly meso-endomorphic with a mean somatotype of 4.49±1.20-3.45±0.77-2.91±0.89. The centre and defence players had meso-endomorphic bodies, but the attack players endo-mosomorphic bodies. The mean body fat content was 19.68%±4.93. The defence were the fattest, followed by the centre and attack players. Female American basketball players have a body fat content of 10 to 16% while the Malaysian players in this study 10% to 26%.
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