Annals of Human Biology vol:13 issue:4 pages:331-9
Attained skeletal maturity (TW2 RUS method), skeletal maturity relative to chronological age, and body size of national-level Belgian track and field athletes 15 to 18 years of age were considered. Among the 47 male athletes, 29 (62%) were skeletally mature, while 15 (52%) of the 29 female athletes were skeletally mature. There appeared to be a predominance of skeletally mature individuals among male sprinters and jumpers, while a majority of female sprinters were not skeletally mature. Both skeletally mature and immature individuals were rather evenly represented in the other track and field categories, with the exception of female throwers, who were skeletally mature. Mean statures and weights of skeletally mature and immature 16-, 17-and 18-year-old male athletes did not differ significantly, though the skeletally mature tended to be heavier. In contrast, the skeletally mature female athletes, on the average, were taller and heavier than the skeletally immature, although the differences among the small groups were not statistically significant.