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Tips for Measuring Skinfolds on Children
Tips for Measuring Skinfolds of Children
Prior to body composition testing, inform the parents so they will understand the purpose and procedures of this assessment.
Instruct students regarding concepts and procedures for measuring body composition.
Maintain records of these measures over time to assess the interaction effects of growth, maturation, diet, and physical activity on body composition changes.
Measure only standardized sites and follow established procedures.
If you feel it is necessary, ask a teacher, nurse, or the child's parent to be present during body composition testing.
Ensure confidentiality by sharing test results only with the child and the parents.
Provide personal feedback and "group" interpretations of the results.
Do not use body composition test results for grading purposes.
Be sure to make the body composition assessment a positive experience for each child. Do no label, criticize, or ridicule children during any phase of this assessment.
RESOURCES MAIN PAGE
Applied Body Composition Assessment, Second Edition, Heyward & Wagner, 2004.
SKYNDEX I Digital Skinfold Caliper Manual (pdf)
SKYNDEX II Digital Skinfold Caliper Manual (pdf)
Tips for Testing Children with Skinfold Calipers
Jackson-Pollock 3-Site Skinfold Caliper Formula
Durnin 4-Site Skinfold Caliper Formula
Slaughter-Lohman 2-Site Skinfold Formula and Tables
How to Measure Bodyfat Percentage
About BMI and BMI Calculator
About Skinfold Calipers
SKYNDEX I Overview
How to switch between Jackson-Pollock and Durnin
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