between anthropometric parameters, spine flexibility and motor
performance in young subjects
Yıldız Yaprak1, Behice Durgun2, Gonca İnce3
1Physical Education and Sports Department, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey,
2Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Çukurova University, Adana, Turkey,
3Physical Education and Sports Department, Çukurova University, Adana, Turkey
purpose of this study was to determine whether the anthropometric
measurements and body ratio of young people affect spinal flexibility
and motor test scores.
Methods: One hundred seventy-one young
males (n: 108, age: 20.80±1.95 years) and females (n: 63, age:
20.07±2.05 years) were voluntarily participated in this study.
The anthropometric and spine flexibility measurements from three
different anatomic points were made. Means and standard deviations were
calculated for all parameters. Pearson correlation coefficient was used
to test relationships among the parameters.
Results: In males,
there were significant correlations in spine flexibility from the
midsacral point and height (r =-0.206), sitting height (r= -0.233) and
waist/hip ratio (r= 0.228); the T12-L1 point and height (r=-0.275),
sitting height (r= -0.260) and waist/hip ratio (r = 0.231); the C7-T1
point and waist/hip ratio (r=0.284). In females, there were also
correlations between spine flexibility measurement from midsacral point
and sitting height/height ratio (r =0.264) and calf length (r =-0.263).
In males, weak correlations were also observed between the vertical
jump and ankle width, frame size; sprint test and ankle width, fat-free
mass. In females, there were also significant weak and moderate
correlations between vertical jump and height, thigh height, calf
height, fat-free mass, fat mass; ability test and ankle width, fat-free
mass, fat mass, waist/hip ratio; sprint performance and height, calf
height, fat-free mass and fat mass; shuttle run test with only fat-free
Conclusions: As a result, the anthropometric parameters in males
correlated more with spine flexibility than those of female subjects.
anthropometry, motor performance, spine flexibility