Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

1982

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Physical Education

First Advisor

Barry C. McKeown

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between Heath and Carter's Modified Somatotype Method and body composition in 30 to 40 year old caucasian males. The following hypotheses were investigated: 1. It was hypothesized that there is a significant relationship between Heath and Carter's first component and per cent body fat. 2. It was hypothesized that there is a significant but low relationship between Heath and Carter's second component and lean body mass or lean body mass/height. 3. It was hypothesized that there is a significant relationship between Heath and Carter's third component and linearity. The subjects for this study were 50 adult caucasian males, ages 30 to 40 years. All of the subjects who participated in this research project were volunteers and were considered to be normal and healthy. Measures of body size (height, weight, limb girths and diameters, skinfolds and hydrostatic weighing), vital capacity and residual volume were obtained on all subjects during the spring and summer of 1982. All subjects were required to attend two testing sessions of approximately one hour in duration. The testing sessions were approximately one week apart. Each session included the measurement of the variables pertinent to the calculation of Heath and Carter's Somatotype and body composition. Statistical analysis of the data. included the interclass and intraclass reliability coefficients for body composition and somatotype measures between test days. Zero order correlations were also determined for body composition and somatotype ratings from Heath and Carter. Regression coefficients for the association of body composition with selected anthropometric measures and Heath and Carter's somatotype ratings were also used.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Somatotypes
Body composition
Middle aged men

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

144

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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