Kinanthropometry and Anatomical Body Composition of Elite Soccer Players in Argentina: The FUTREF Project

Francis Holway
Departamento de Medicina, Club Atlético River Plate, Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 7597, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Francesco Campa
Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Padua, 35131 Padova, Italy
Cristian Petri
Section of Physical Education and Sport, Department of Sport and Informatics, Pablo de Olavide University, 1013 Sevilla, Spain
Matteo Pincella
Inter FC, Milan, Italy
Pablo Ortega Gallo
Departamento de Medicina, Club Atlético Boca Juniors, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fabrizio Forchino
Aspetar - Qatar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Doha, Qatar
Donald Kirkendall
FIFA Medical Commission, United States.

Published 30-04-2024


  • Anthropometry,
  • Body Composition,
  • Muscle mass,
  • Muscle-to-Bone-ratio,
  • Football

How to Cite

Holway, F., Campa, F., Petri, C., Pincella, M., Gallo, P. O., Forchino, F., & Kirkendall, D. (2024). Kinanthropometry and Anatomical Body Composition of Elite Soccer Players in Argentina: The FUTREF Project. International Journal of Kinanthropometry, 4(1), 62–71.



Introduction: Anthropometric references for sports enable researchers and sports nutrition professionals to accurately assess body composition in an economical and efficient manner. The objective of this study was to provide an extensive anthropometric profile of elite soccer players divided by playing position. Seven hundred fifty-two players (age 24.0 ± 4.4 years) from 18 different Argentine teams were involved in the FUTREF project and measured according to the protocol defined by the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK). Methods: Raw anthropometric parameters were reported and used to calculate somatotype and body mass components according to molecular (two-components) and anatomical (five-components) models. Results: Statistically significant differences (p>0.01) were identified for anthropometric parameters among different playing positions and between players selected and not selected for the senior national team. The 5th, 25th, 50th, 75th, and 95th percentiles for the muscle-to-bone ratio were provided. Furthermore, the use of different equations showed different outputs in predicting body composition. Conclusion: This study provides anthropometric reference data for evaluating body composition in elite soccer players.


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