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      Practical Assessment of Body Composition.

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      The Physician and sportsmedicine

      Informa UK Limited

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          In brief: The assessment of body composition has become an important method for determining a desirable body weight of adults and athletes. Hydrostatic weighing is a popular and valid method, but it is often not feasible for the clinical setting or for mass testing; thus, anthropometry has become the preferred method. This article reviews the scientific basis for generalized body composition prediction equations and provides methods for evaluating body composition. The authors recommend using a sum of three skinfolds (triceps, chest, and subscapula for men and triceps, abdomen, and suprailium for women) and give detailed instructions for securing accurate measurements of body fat.

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          Journal
          Phys Sportsmed
          The Physician and sportsmedicine
          Informa UK Limited
          0091-3847
          0091-3847
          May 1985
          : 13
          : 5
          Article
          10.1080/00913847.1985.11708790
          27463295

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