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When researching athletic populations, it is seldom practical or possible to collect extensive data on well trained subjects. This is primarily due to limited access to such subjects and also because of the finite nature of the population. In this context, the current study provides a unique and extensive profile of the anthropometric characteristics of well trained Junior male rowers, who comprised 89% of rowers competing in the 1997 World Championships.
The data collected when compared with age matched reference data revealed a number of differences in the variables measured. Further analysis should focus on the identification of which anthropometric characteristics, if any, differentiated medal winners at the Junior World Championships and their less successful counterparts. By developing such a profile, in addition to the anthropometric profile chart presented in the study, it may be possible to discern which anthropometric characteristics, if any, are important to rowing performance in Junior rowers and therefore worth measuring from a sports specific perspective. This may have profiling implications in terms of talent identification and development of young rowers as previous research in this area has almost exclusively focused on adult rowers.
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