An investigation into the relationships between somatotype and playing positions in female field hockey
Podmore, Amy Louise
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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The present study explores relationships which exist between somatotype and specific playing positions in female field hockey. Thirty seven female field hockey players were assessed according to the Heath-Carter (1967) method of somatotyping. Mean somatotype for the population was defined as 4.39-4.72-1.64. Using a Somatotype Analysis of Variance, comparisons in somatotype ratings; endomorphy, mesomorphy and ectomorphy, were made between forwards, midfield players and defenders. No significant differences were reported between playing positions. A one-way Analysis of Variance found no significant differences between individual somatotype components. Tukey’s HSD test reported mass to differ significantly between forwards and defenders. Female field hockey players for this study were placed in the meso-endomorph somatotype category as all players were dominant in mesomorphy and endomorphy.
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