Somatotyping: Development and Applications by J. E. Lindsay CarterSomatotyping: Development and Applications by J. E. Lindsay Carter

Somatotyping: Development and Applications

byJ. E. Lindsay Carter, Barbara Honeyman Heath, J. E. L. Carter

Paperback | November 10, 2005

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The first major account of the somatotyping field in over thirty years, this volume presents a comprehensive history of somatotyping, beginning with W.H. Sheldon's introduction to the method in 1940. The controversies regarding the validity of Sheldon's method are described, as are the various attempts to modify the technique, particularly the Heath-Carter method, which has come into widespread use. Somatotyping is a method of description and assessment of the body on three shape and composition scales: endomorphy (relative fatness), mesomorphy (relative musculoskeletal robustness), and ectomorphy (relative linearity). The book reviews present knowledge of somatotypes around the world, how they change with growth, aging and exercise, and the contributions of genetics and environment to the rating. Also reviewed are the relationships among somatotypes and sport, physical performance, health and behavior.
Title:Somatotyping: Development and ApplicationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:520 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.14 inPublished:November 10, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521359511

ISBN - 13:9780521359511

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Preface; Foreword; 1. History; 2. Review of somatotypes methods; 3. Human variation in adult somatotypes; 4. Growth and aging; 5. Genetics; 6. Sport and physical performance; 7. Health, behavioural variables and occupational choice; 8. Overview and new directions; Appendices; Glossary; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"...well written and exceptionally illustrated with photographic material, as well as figures and detailed tables with a lot of data....Ownership of this volume is a must for all libraries and for everyone who is engaged in constitutional research, in general, and somatotyping, in detail." Albrecht L. Claessens, Quarterly Review of Biology