Daniel Stanković, Aleksandar Raković, Emilija Petković, Ivana Petrović, Vladimir Savanović

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The aim of this study was to analyze the somatotypes of top young race walkers in Europe. For the analysis of their somatotype, the Heath-Carter method was used.  By applying digital anthropometry and computer programs, the somatotypes of 44 participants aged 15 to 17, sports walkers of both genders (21 boys and 23 girls), were determined. Based on the analysis, extensive data were obtained on the somatotype of top young race walkers, where a large number of groups emerged. Among the boys, there are three groups of somatotypes: ectomorph-mesomorph (1.8-6.7-4.1), mesomorph-ectomorph (1.4-4.2-5.6) and mesomorph-ectomorph (1.7-5.1-5.1). The results showed that as many as 7 different groups of somatotypes can be found among the girls: endomorph-mesomorph (4.5-7.9-2.4), ectomorph-mesomorph (3.5-6.4-4.3), central (3.1-3.7-4.0), balanced mesomorph (3.5-6.0-3.6), balanced ectomorph (2.7-1.6-6.4), mesomorph-ectomorph (3.3-5.0-4.7), mesomorph-ectomorph (2.7-4.4-5.2). The analyzed somatotypes of top young race walkers indicate the considerable heterogeneity of the group of participants. The intermediate somatotype among the males is defined as ectomorph-mesomorph (1.7-6.1-4.5), whereas the intermediate somatotype among the females is defined as a central somatotype (3.5-5.5-4.0).


Somatotype, Body Composition, Sports Walking, Heath-Carter Method

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