Chapter 9. Body Composition and Sports Performance

  1. Ronald J. Maughan PhD
  1. Timothy Olds PhD

Published Online: 10 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303315.ch9

Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport

Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport

How to Cite

Olds, T. (2008) Body Composition and Sports Performance, in Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport (ed R. J. Maughan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303315.ch9

Editor Information

  1. School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

Author Information

  1. Nutritional Physiology Research Centre, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405156387

Online ISBN: 9781444303315



  • body composition and sports performance;
  • morphologic optimization and morphologic characteristics;
  • mechanisms linking morphology and sporting performance;
  • body surface area (BSA) - mass ratio;
  • fluid resistance;
  • traditional anthropometry;
  • new technologies used in anthropometric assessment;
  • accuracy (validity) and precision (reliability) of any measurement


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Sport as a Darwinian system

  • Mechanisms linking morphology and sporting performance

  • Conclusions

  • References