n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Physical profiles of Malaysian basketball players in three categories and by playing positions science - : sport science

Volume 13, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The main purpose of this study was to determine the anthropometric profiles of top Malaysian basketball players. The variables measured were height, body mass, and body fat. The other objective was to examine the differences, if any, between the various categories and playing positions. Thirty-three national layers (mean age =20.58 ± 4.69 years) were evaluated, divided into three groups (senior/elite, junior, and reserve) and three playing positions (forward, centre, and guard). Their body fat content was determined by the skinfold method. There were no significant differences reported for all the anthropometric variables among basketball players at different playing levels. However, for the playing position significant differences were found for height and body weight. The reported F values were F=(2, 30)=12.93, p<0.01, and F=(2, 30)=6.95, p<0.03. Mean height and body mass were 172.86± 5.50 cm and 63.46± 7.48 kg, respectively. The mean body fat content was 19.41± 4.63%. In contrast to American women basketball players who had body fat of 10 to 16% (Wilmore & Costill, 1994), the Malaysian players in this study had body fat content ranging from 11 to 32%.

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