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Testing Battery > Body Fat Test

Test Description Protocol
T Test measures speed & agility click here...
3km Time Trial measures fuel mix fitness (stamina) click here...
Vertical Jump measures leg power click here...
Speed Test measures speed over 10m & 30m click here...
3RM Test measures maximum strength click here...
Body fat measures percentage body fat see below..
Side Ramp measures core stability endurance click here...

Purpose
To measure the body mass and estimate the percentage of the mass that is fat (the fat mass). Body mass alone is a poor indicator of growth and body fat, because it does not distinguish between fat mass and fat-free mass. Periodic measuring of body mass and body fat will chart changes in body composition. The recommended way to measure fat mass is skinfold measurement.

Equipment
Weighing scale
Skinfold caliper

Procedure
1. Players must be weighed at the same time of day and on the same day of the week to ensure that the measurements are reliable. Do not weigh after a training session unless you are comparing pre- and postexercise body mass to monitor fluid loss. The same tester should use the same scale and caliper each time.

2. Instruct the player to stand still on a calibrated scale in minimal clothing. Record the mass in kilograms.

3. Using a skinfold caliper, measure the thickness of specific skinfolds, applying a four- or seven-point body fat protocol. The sum of the skinfolds in millimeters is used to estimate body fat percentage. Find full guidelines for measuring skinfold thickness and prediction tables for estimating body fat in Practical Body Composition by Timothy Lohman (Human Kinetics 1995).

 

 



 
Body Fat Rating
Average
Good
Excellent
Male Players

12.5 to 15%

10 to 12.5%

<10%

Female Players

22-26%

18-22%

<18%

TOP TIP
Measuring body fat with calipers is more reliable than simply weighing yourself if you wish to monitor your fat loss