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International Journal of Morphology

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BERRAL DE LA ROSA, Francisco José et al. Comparison of Anthropometric Equations for Estimation Muscle Mass in Badminton Player. Int. J. Morphol. [online]. 2010, vol.28, n.3, pp.803-810. ISSN 0717-9502.

The quantification of muscle mass is an area of study that addresses various scientific disciplines from health and sport science as a component of body mass that is in close connection with aspects of health and athletic performance. A variety of methods and equations for their estimation, but implementing them is not always the most appropriate. The purpose of our study is to determine the muscle mass of 37 badminton players of Spain, through anthropometric techniques and finding the most appropriate for this population. We studied 37 badminton players follow the protocol ISAK. Anthropometric variables were evaluated: weight, height, girth, breadth, lengths, heights and skin fold. For the fractionation of body composition in four components were combined different formulas to find the strategy that best fits and matches the estimated weight scale. We used the Wurch´s formula for residual mass, Rocha´s for bone mass, Brozek´s fat mass and to the muscle mass was concluded that the most appropriate for this population with those of Kerr´s. Body composition was estimated for our population: 10.8% bone mass, 15.3% residual mass, 13.2% fat mass and 44.9% muscle mass.

Keywords : Racquet sport; Anthropometry; Body composition.

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