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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2000 March;40(1):58-62

Copyright © 2002 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

lingua: Inglese

Chest, waist, and hip circumference estimations from stereo photographic digital topography

Mikat R. P.

From the Department of Exercise and Sport Science University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, USA


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Background. Stereo pho­to­graph­ic dig­i­tal topog­ra­phy (­SPDT) is a new devel­op­ment of poten­tial val­ue for the deter­mi­na­tion of anthro­po­met­ric cir­cum­fer­ence meas­ure­ments of the ­chest, ­waist, and hip. The pur­pose of ­this ­study was to eval­u­ate the reli­abil­ity and valid­ity of ­SPDT.
Methods. Subjects includ­ed 148 ­healthy ­female vol­un­teers (age 21 to 51). The ­same-day ­test-­retest reli­abil­ity of ­SPDT was estab­lished by com­par­ing ­initial meas­ure­ments ­with a ­repeat. Validity was estab­lished by cor­re­lat­ing ­SPDT meas­ure­ments ­with cri­ter­ion meas­ures ­from tra­di­tion­al ­tape-meas­ure assess­ment.
Results. Reliability coef­fi­cients of 0.99 ­were ­obtained for ­chest, ­waist, and hip cir­cum­fer­enc­es. Further, ­high indi­ces of valid­ity ­were record­ed for ­girths of the ­chest (r=0.97, SEE=2.57 cm), ­waist (r=0.94, SEE = 3.16 cm), and hip (r=0.96, SEE= 2.29 cm).
Conclusions. High reli­abil­ity and valid­ity, low ­cost, ­ease of use, and com­fort for sub­jects ­make ­SPDT a ­viable alter­na­tive to tra­di­tion­al anthro­po­met­ric eval­u­a­tion tech­niques.

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