Journal of sports sciences vol:9 issue:1 pages:53-74
Anthropometric data of outstanding gymnasts were gathered on the occasion of the 24th World Championship Artistic Gymnastics, held at Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in October 1987. In total 165 males and 201 females were investigated, constituting 84% of the total number of participants. The data of these gymnasts were descriptively compared with both reference data and data reported in previous studies on gymnasts competing at international events. Also, based on the data obtained, 'gymnastic-specific' anthropometric reference values (i.e. profile charts), were established for both male and female gymnasts. Finally, the maturational characteristics (skeletal age and menarche) of the 'Rotterdam' female gymnasts were described.