Bachelor's degree in Sport and Exercise Science (from 2008-2009)

Methods and techniques for body composition measurement

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Name of lecturer
Carlo Zancanaro
Carlo Zancanaro
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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1° semestre motorie dal Oct 1, 2020 al Jan 29, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Aim of this course is to teach students specific information on the following:

•Which methods and instrumentations are currently used to assess body composition in the human.

•The current models of body composition.

The student is expected to get a sound understanding of the currently used methods for body composition assessment as well as the data therefrom.


Methods and Instrumentations:
Body chemical analysis, body water estimates, tissue analysis; underwater weighing, air-displacement plethysmography, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, skinfold thickness measurement, neutron activation analysis.

Two-, three-, four- five-compartment models

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Steven Heymsfield, Timothy Lohman, Zi-Mian Wang, Scott Going Human Body Composition (Edizione 2) Human Kinetics 2005 9780736046558

Assessment methods and criteria

The examen consists of multiple choice questions (n=20). Five answers, one correct. Correct answer, 1 point; wrong/missing answer, 0 points.

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