Kinanthropometric Research in Human Auxology

  • R. M. Malina


Kinanthropometry is a variously defined field of study which attempts to relate anthropometry, broadly conceived, to human movement and physical performance. Kinanthropometric research has along history in a number of disciplines, but the name kinanthropometry is quite recent. This report briefly considers the origin of kinanthropometry and related terms, and then offers a selective overview of kinanthropometric research in the area of human auxology.


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  • R. M. Malina
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of TexasAustinUSA

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