Validation of Body Volume Acquisition by Using Elliptical Zone Method

CHIU, Chuang-Yuan, PEASE, D., FAWKNER, S. and SANDERS, R. (2016). Validation of Body Volume Acquisition by Using Elliptical Zone Method. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 37 (14), 1117-1123.

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The elliptical zone method (E-Zone) can be used to obtain reliable body volume data including total body volume and segmental volumes with inexpensive and portable equipment. The purpose of this research was to assess the accuracy of body volume data obtained from E-Zone by comparing them with those acquired from the 3D photonic scanning method (3DPS). 17 male participants with diverse somatotypes were recruited. Each participant was scanned twice on the same day by a 3D whole-body scanner and photographed twice for the E-Zone analysis. The body volume data acquired from 3DPS was regarded as the reference against which the accuracy of the E-Zone was assessed. The relative technical error of measurement (TEM) of total body volume estimations was around 3% for E-Zone. E-Zone can estimate the segmental volumes of upper torso, lower torso, thigh, shank, upper arm and lower arm accurately (relative TEM<10%) but the accuracy for small segments including the neck, hand and foot were poor. In summary, E-Zone provides a reliable, inexpensive, portable, and simple method to obtain reasonable estimates of total body volume and to indicate segmental volume distribution.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
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Page Range: 1117-1123
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2017 11:43
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 00:31

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