Body Asymmetries in Young Male Road Cyclists

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Samo Rauter; Janez Vodicar & Jozef Simenko


An anthropometric analysis was conducted on 64 competitive young male road cyclists of different age categories (U17; U19; & U23 years of age). The purpose of the study is to find asymmetries between the left and right side of upper and lower limbs with the NX-16 (TC2) 3D body scanner, which includes measurement of left and right upper arm girth, elbow girth, forearm girth, wrist girth, thigh girth, knee girth, thigh length, calf girth, and shin length. Body composition was measured by the bioelectrical impedance machine InBody 720 (Biospace Ltd.). Results of body composition measurements of male road cyclists showed that U17 and U19 youth road cyclist differed statistically in five (from 11) paired variables, and the U23 age group differed statistically in six (from 11) paired variables. All of the age groups differed statistically in elbow, forearm, and calf girth. The main finding of study was that as the age of a cyclist increases, there is a tendency to increase asymmetries between the left and right side of several body segments.

KEY WORDS: Morphology; Anthropometry; Circumferences; Cycling; Symmetry.

How to cite this article

RAUTER, S.; VODICAR, J. & SIMENKO, J. Body asymmetries in young male road cyclists. Int. J. Morphol., 35(3):907-912, 2017.