Award Date

1-1-2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Committee Member

Lawrence Golding

Number of Pages

140

Abstract

Nine different methods of measuring body composition were compared to underwater weighing in average Caucasian adult men and women, to determine which method correlated highest with UWW. Fifty participants were tested on underwater weighing, air displacement plethysmoghraphy, Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry, bioelectrical impedance analysis, ultrasound, near infrared reactance, and skinfolds---sum of 7, 4, and 3 sites; All correlations for both genders were high at the .05 level. For men the highest correlation was between UWW and the sum of 4 skinfolds at .971 and the lowest between UWW and BIA of .748. For women the highest correlation was between UWW and the sum of 4 skinfolds at .962 and the lowest between UWW and ultrasound of .778; This study concluded that accuracy of different techniques would depend on population specific limitations. For the present sample accuracy of methods differed slightly between genders, but did not differ significantly from UWW.

Keywords

Adult; Body; Comparison; Composition; Measuring; Men; Method; Underwater; Various; Weighing; Women

Controlled Subject

Kinesiology

File Format

pdf

File Size

2.21 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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