Anthropometric Characteristics, Body Composition and Somatotype in Elite Junior ITF Tennis Players from South America

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Rodrigo Yáñez-Sepúlveda; Samuel Díaz-Barrientos; Sergio Montiel-González & Juan Pablo Zavala-Crichton


The objective of the study was to determine the anthropometric characteristics, body composition and somatotype in male elite junior tennis players from the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Twenty five players of 17.04 ± 1.05 years participated. The body composition was evaluated with the restricted profile of 25 variables proposed by Kerr based on the pent compartmental method, which divided the body into 5 components (tissues: muscle, adipose, bone, residual, and skin). The somatotype was identified with the Heath and Carter method. For the evaluation, the norms proposed by the International Society for the Advancement of Cineanthropometry (ISAK) and the Spanish Group of Cineanthropometry (GREC) were used. The percentage of muscle tissue was 47.65 ± 2.83 %, adipose tissue of 23.23 ± 3.56 %, and bone tissue of 11.79 ± 1.56 % with a muscle-osseous index (IMO) of 4.09 ± 0.50. Regarding somatotype, a balanced mesomorphic classification was observed with values of 2.5 ± 0.81 of endomorphy, 4.9 ± 0.66 of mesomorphy, and 2.7 ± 0.96 of ectomorphy. The group of tennis players presented a predominance of the mesomorphy component with a balance between the components endomorphy and ectomorphy with characteristics of body composition similar to those found in the literature. The present study provides referential data on the anthropometric characteristics in South American tennis players elite junior category.

KEY WORDS: Body composition; Somatotype; Tennis- ITF Junior.

How to cite this article

YÁÑEZ-SEPÚLVEDA, R.; DÍAZ-BARRIENTOS, S.; MONTIEL-GONZÁLEZ, S. & ZAVALA-CRICHTON, J. P. Anthropometric characteristics, body composition and somatotype in elite junior ITF tennis players from South America. Int. J. Morphol., 36(4):1095-1100, 2018.