Analysis of body composition

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Tom Reilly with Laura Sutton

Athletes often do not feel at their best unless they are satisfied with their body weight, and control of body weight can therefore be an important aspect of preparing for competitive sport. However, body weight alone provides limited information, since an increase may be due to a gain in muscle mass caused by strength training or increased deposition of fat when energy in take exceeds energy output. In this article we describevarious techniques for measuring body composition in athletes and refer to their applications to sports.

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