2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Assessing Body Composition in College Wrestlers Using Different Measurement Techniques
Devon B. Lacy* and Cathy J. Bledsoe
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Prof. Liz Jorn, and Mr. Dave Schutter, Faculty Mentors

NCAA regulations require college wrestlers to assess their body fat before the competitive season to establish minimum wrestling weight (MWW). This is done using the skinfold technique, but other methods may have merit. NCAA Division II wrestlers (n = 17) were evaluated using two arm-to-arm bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA) devices, one leg-to-leg device, and one arm-to-leg device, and the skinfold method. Repeated measures ANOVA revealed that percent fat from the leg-to-leg BIA (8.9 ± 2.0%), the arm-to-leg BIA (9.5 ± 2.8%), and the BodyLogic-300 (9.8 ± 4.2%) were lower than those from the BodyLogic-306BL non-athletic (11.5 ± 4.9%) and athletic equations (10.1 ± 3.3%) and the skinfold equation (10.0 ± 1.8%). The former three estimates did not differ from one another, nor did the latter three estimates. All correlations among the methods were  r = 0.97. All methods used would have placed the wrestlers in the same weight class

Keywords: body fat, wrestling, skinfold, NCAA

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 2-16
Location: OP Lobby
Time: 4:15 pm

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