DIFFERENCES IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL SPACE OF JUMPERS FINALISTS OF THE BEIJING OLYMPICS

Ratko Pavlović, Zoran Radić, Aleksandar Simeonov, Kemal Idrizović, Aleksandar Raković, Jovica Tošić

Anthropological space is very important and primary in the selection, targeting and achieving results in sport. This is particularly apparent in professional sport where remarkable results are achieved. Depending on the sport, sport discipline also depends on the participation and influence of human space, or its segments to the total score. When describing and defining specific populations of athletes, their morphological status, the most common parameters that are taken are body height, body weight, body mass index, and very often the age of the respondents. These parameters are very reliable and give a true picture of the morphological area of the studied population. This paper analyzes the differences in the segments of human space of jumpers, the finalists of the Beijing Olympics. The sample included 32 competitors in four jumping disciplines. Differences in body height, body weight, BMI and age were analyzed. For data processing T-test has been conducted for small independent samples that confirmed the presence of statistically significant body height differences between long jump and triple jump (t=-2,747*) and long jump and high jump (t=-2,280*).

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