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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2017 June;176(6):338-44

DOI: 10.23736/S0393-3660.16.03334-9

Copyright © 2016 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Left and right-hand correspondence of the anthropometrical parameters of the upper and manual lateral limb within professional tennis players

Siaka COULIBALY 1, 2, Firmin K. KOUASSI 1, 2, Jean-Bertin BEUGRÉ 1, 2, Jérôme K. KOUADIO 1, 2, Assi R. ASSI 1, 2, N’guessan K., SONAN 1, 2, N’guessan, KOUAMÉ 3, Jean-Claude PINEAU 4

1 Biomorphology and Physical Anthropology Laboratory, University Félix Houphouet-Boigny, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; 2 Anthropological Sciences of Developement Institute, University Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; 3 Youth and Sports National Institute, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; 4 CNRS UPR 2147, Dynamics of Human Evolution, Paris, France


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BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to search for a relationship between the manual literality and the anthropometrical characters of the tennis players according to their sporting level.
METHODS: This study concerned 41 tennis players (21 of international stage and 20 of national stage); whose age is between 17 and 56 years old. This sample is divided into two (02) groups: left-hander and right-hander. The comparison of the couple parameters’ measures left and right gave the examination of the differences ascertained between the national athletes and the international ones.
RESULTS: Important difference (P<0.05) were noticed about the perimeters (arm, fore-arm, wrist) beside the right-handers and the left-handers as well. These differences was statistically significant (P<0.01) for the international players.
CONCLUSIONS: The emphasis of the specific anthropometrical parameters, mainly the parameters of the arm, the forearm and the wrist (taking age into account) shows an important development of the muscles for a same international tennis player. This is an obvious evidence of a morphological specificity also connected with the practice of this sport at a prepubertal age.


KEY WORDS: Anthropometry - Tennis - Athletes

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