Anthropometric Variables and Wushu Performance

February 2023 IOSR Journal of Sports and Physical Education 10(1):43-49

by W M Viraj Denuka Chathuranga and D Sameera Lakruwan Perera


Background: Martial Art sports performances are highly demanded and incorporated with the physical attribution of Martial Art athletes. This study aimed to identify the relationship between the anthropometry variables and sports performances of the male national-level Sanda Wushu players.

Materials and Methods: The total population sampling method was used and 41 elite male Wushu players registered for the 2022 National Wushu Championship whose weight category between 56kg and 80kg participated in this study. Participant’s demographic information, 22 anthropometric measurements of body height, sitting height, body weight, BMI, girth measurements of head, neck, arm relaxed, arm flexed and tensed, forearm, wrist, chest, waist, gluteal, thigh, mid-thigh, calf, ankle circumferences, limb length of the arm, forearm, hand, thigh, tibial, foot lengths and sports performances were measured. Wushu Performances were assessed by using a scoring system developed by the authors. The relationship between anthropometric parameters and performances was tested by the Pearson Correlation test using SPSS (version 22) software. Results: The findings revealed that the arm length (p=0.001, r=0.671), and tibial length (p=0.001, r=0.667) have a significant positive correlation with sports performances.

Conclusion: It was evident that the athletes with the highest arm length and tibial length have shown the highest performance in Wushu sports. It is suggested that to obtain higher Wushu sports achievements, consider players’ anthropometrical advantages.

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About the Author(s):

W M Viraj Denuka Chathuranga

  • B.Sc. (Hons) in Sports Sciences and Management
  • Temporary Assistant Lecturer

Institution and department

  • Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
  • Department of Sports Sciences and Physical Education

D Sameera Lakruwan Perera

Bachelor of Science (Hon.) Sport Science and Management- USJ

Lecturer (Probationary)

Lecturer (Prob.) in the Department of Sports Science, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, SL

Institution and department

  • University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  • Department of Sports Science

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