Examination of Anthropometric Characteristics of Police Academy Students

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Menderes Kabadayi; Muhammet Hakan Mayda; Ali Kerim Yilmaz; Emre Karaduman; Serhat Erail; Özgür Bostanci; Fatih Karakas; Mehmet Mustafa Tilekli & Coskun Yilmaz


Anthropometric data, which is highly correlated with health and high level of physical capacity, is very important for police officer. The aim of this study was to examine the anthropometric data of police college students and compare in terms of gender. Fifty-two police college students (32 females and 20 males) participated in the present study. Index calculations were made by applying anthropometric test measurements to all participants. The data included anthropometric (length measurements, width measurements, circumference measurement) and index [Body Mass Index (BMI), Cormic Index (C-Index), Body Adiposity Index (BAI), Ponderal Index (PI), Conicity Index (Con-Index) Waist-to-Height Ratio (WHtR)] parameters. The Independent Sample T-Test was used to analyze the difference in groups. A statistically significant difference was found in all parameters except leg length in length measurements (p<0.05). The mean of all width measurements except shoulder width of females was higher than that of male participants. Differences were obtained in all variables except hand and hip-width (p<0.05). In circumference measurements, there was a difference between the groups in the measurement values of the relaxed arm, maximum arm, wrist, shoulder, chest, and hip circumferences (p<0.05). The BAI, PI, WHtR, and Con-Index values were significantly different between groups (p<0.05). In conclusion, the length, width, circumference, and kinanthropometric indexes of male and female police candidates differ. Although male have higher mean values in length and circumference measurements, female have a higher mean for width measurements. Females have higher mean values in general in terms of index values and they are inincreased risk group in terms of WHtR index. It can be recommended for all participants, especially females, to participate in regular physical activity after they start working.

KEY WORDS: Police officer, Anthropometric measures, Kinanthropometry indexes.

How to cite this article

KABADAYI, M.; MAYDA, M. H.; YILMAZ, A. K.; KARADUMAN, E.; ERAIL, S.; BOSTANCI, Ö.; KARAKAS ̧, F.; TILEKLI, M. M. & YILMAZ, C. Examination of anthropometric characteristics of police academy students. Int. J. Morphol., 40(2):460-465, 2022.