A Comparative study of anthropometry and body composition among male athletes and non athletes of age 18-26 years of Kamrup (M), Guwahati, Assam

The purpose of this study was to describe the anthropometric characters and body composition between athletes and non athletes as well as to make a comparison between them and to assess the nutritional status through BMI. A total of 120 males were enrolled in the study, which were divided into 4 groups of 30 individuals each i.e., (football players, basketball players, volleyball players and healthy sedentary subjects). The results indicated that basketball players were taller and heavier than the rest of the group, while the volleyball players have long arm span and greater bicristal breadth, and the footballers have greater biachromial breadth. The findings of the present study may be useful for future investigation or may serve as a reference standard player selection and training programme development programme.