Have you ever wondered how sports scientists keep track of their athletes body composition? How do they determine if their athlete has decreased body fat after a training block or dietary intervention? Sports scientists around the world measure their athletes body composition through skin-folds – where we measure the ‘thickness’ of the subcutaneous fat. We measure skin-fold thickness at 7 crucial sites across the body. The sum, or ‘total’ of these measurements is called the ‘sum of 7’, which is used to gauge an athletes body composition, and to compare between athletes. To accurately measure an athletes skin-folds, sports scientists obtain their ISAK accreditation, where they learn how to accurately, and reliably, measure their athletes. Hands on skills such as these are an important element of a sports scientists toolbox.
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