Anthropometric measurements and body composition of English and Malaysian footballers

S. L. Reeves, B. K. Poh, M. Brown, N. H. Tizzard, M. N. Ismail

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This comparative study was conducted to determine the anthropometric measurements and body composition of football teams in the UK and Malaysia. A total of 32 footballers from two teams were studied. The teams were the St Mary's University team (UK) and the Selangor Reserved League team. The height and body weight of the subjects were measured using SECA digital balance with height attachment. Skinfold thickness measurements were taken using Harpenden skinfold callipers at four sites (biceps, triceps, subscapular and suprailiac) and the VO2 max of the subjects was estimated by participation in a multi-stage 20m shuttle-run test. The UK team were significantly heavier (p<0.05), taller (p<0.05) and had a higher body fat content (p<0.05) than their Malaysian counterpart. There was no significant difference in VO2 max between the two teams, with the Malaysians recording a slightly higher VO2 max. With regard to playing position, the defenders were found to be the most physically robust and yet had the highest VO2 max, whilst the midfielders had the lightest body weights. More data on the body composition and nutritional status of Malaysian footballers would allow adjustments to be made to dietary intakes and training levels in order to obtain maximum performance throughout the football season.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-86
Number of pages8
JournalMalaysian Journal of Nutrition
Volume5
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999

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Football
anthropometric measurements
Body Composition
body composition
Body Weight
Skinfold Thickness
Malaysia
Nutritional Status
Adipose Tissue
calipers
body weight
skinfold thickness
body fat
nutritional status
food intake
lipid content

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Reeves, S. L., Poh, B. K., Brown, M., Tizzard, N. H., & Ismail, M. N. (1999). Anthropometric measurements and body composition of English and Malaysian footballers. Malaysian Journal of Nutrition, 5(1-2), 79-86.

Anthropometric measurements and body composition of English and Malaysian footballers. / Reeves, S. L.; Poh, B. K.; Brown, M.; Tizzard, N. H.; Ismail, M. N.

In: Malaysian Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 5, No. 1-2, 01.01.1999, p. 79-86.

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Reeves, SL, Poh, BK, Brown, M, Tizzard, NH & Ismail, MN 1999, 'Anthropometric measurements and body composition of English and Malaysian footballers', Malaysian Journal of Nutrition, vol. 5, no. 1-2, pp. 79-86.
Reeves, S. L. ; Poh, B. K. ; Brown, M. ; Tizzard, N. H. ; Ismail, M. N. / Anthropometric measurements and body composition of English and Malaysian footballers. In: Malaysian Journal of Nutrition. 1999 ; Vol. 5, No. 1-2. pp. 79-86.
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