Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Predictive ability of anthropometry and maturation parameters

Francis Holway, Guillermo Guerci


We aimed to establish which anthropometric and maturity offset parameters correlate
with rowing ergometer performance in a sample of 114 adolescent, rowing-inexperienced
boys and girls. Results showed high correlations between body mass and performance, but
these reduced when body mass was scaled to account for increased on-water drag resistance.
Height, leg length and arm span remained moderately correlated after size-adjustment in boys,
but not in girls. Anthropometric maturity offset showed a high correlation with performance,
but decreased with size-adjustment. Final height estimation revealed that few of these
adolescents would reach the height of elite open-weight competitors.
© 2011 Consell Català de l’Esport. Generalitat de Catalunya. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.
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