Anthropometric measurements in the field of sports are now familiar, because this aspect is used to detect the physical potential of prospective athletes from an early age. Some time ago the Indonesian Ministry of Youth and Sport conveyed this in one of its releases on the institution’s official website. The release explains the role of anthropometry and its measurement dimensions in identifying physical potential to find prospective athletes. The measurement is carried out by the sports teacher who is responsible for each Elementary School and Junior High School.
Previously, anthropometry in sports and its application had been discussed by the Solo Abadi editorial team in another article. In this article the editorial team will review how anthropometry plays a role in identifying the physical potential of prospective athletes. But before that, let’s first understand what anthropometry is in the field of sports.
Get to Know Sports Anthropometry
The role of anthropometry in the field of sports departs from the meaning of the word anthropometry which was adapted from Ancient Greek. The term anthropometry is taken from the word ‘anthros’ which means human, and ‘thropos’ which means measurement. So it can be concluded that anthropometry means the dimensions of the human body. Meanwhile, experts define anthropometry as measuring the dimensions of the human body or other special physical characteristics of the body that are relevant to the design of something used in activities.
Anthropometry, namely the science that studies and measures human physical variations was originally used as a reference in conducting analysis to identify the fossil remains of ancient human skeletons or hominids. The identification process was carried out in order to understand the physical variations of ancient humans. Currently, anthropometry plays an important role in industrial design, clothing design, ergonomic industrial design, and architecture where statistical data about the distribution of body dimensions in the population are used to optimize products that consumers will use.
Although generally known to play a role in ergonomics, anthropometry is a reference in other fields. These fields include medicine, forensics, military, industrial engineering, spatial design, product design, architecture to sports. Anthropometry plays a role in the field of sports because it has concentrations that intersect with each other, namely the human physique. For this reason, anthropometry can be used to detect the physical potential of athletes and also anticipate athlete injuries through anthropometric measurements.
Identifying the Physical Potential of Athletes with Anthropometry
As mentioned, the agenda for identifying the physical potential of athletes through anthropometry from the Indonesian Ministry of Youth and Sport has been held since the middle of last year. This was initiated in order to detect the talents of future athletes from an early age, through anthropometric measurements. There are eight items or anthropometric dimensions that are the reference for measurement. These dimensions include body weight, height, sitting height, leg length, palm length, arm span, span length, and foot length.
In making measurements to detect the talent of future athletes through their physical anthropometric potential, accurate and precise measuring instruments are needed. This is because if the measurement results used as a reference are inaccurate, an identification error will occur. This is certainly not wanted by any party, therefore the measuring instrument must also be considered for its accuracy. The following are recommendations for anthropometric measurement tools from the Solo Abadi editorial team to help identify the physical potential of prospective athletes.
The Best Anthropometric Measurement Tool for Detecting the Talent of Future Sports Athletes
Metrisis – Anthropometry Chair is an innovative anthropometric measurement instrument that can measure up to 34 dimensions of the human body. This measuring instrument is designed in the form of an adjustable chair to make it easier to measure in a standing, sitting position, as well as measuring facial dimensions.
Metrisis – Portable Anthropometry produced by Solo Abadi Indonesia is an anthropometric measuring instrument derived from an anthropometric chair that is packaged in a portable form, so that the measuring instrument can be moved or carried anywhere easily. Befitting an innovation, portable anthropometry can be used to measure up to 100 dimensions of the human body.
The function of this tool is to carry out anthropometric measurements which are carried out carefully and prioritize data accuracy. This instrument offers measuring capability of up to 100 measurements. Besides that, its portable shape allows this tool to be used unlimited time and can be done anywhere.
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