Anthropometrics

Service users and employees come in all shapes and sizes.When assessing a participant’s competence in the application of a NAPPI physical skill, it is sometimes necessary to make reasonable assessment adjustments to enable a fair assessment to be made. To do this we need to consider anthropometric challenges of individuals, without compromising the safety of the skill, either in the training room or once back in the workplace.

Anthropometry is the science that deals with the measurement of the size, weight, and proportions of the human body. We use categories to describe a person’s skeletal structure, and how muscle and fat are distributed throughout the body.

The main characteristics are:

  • A - Basketball player (lean and long)
  • B - Rugby player (big, high body fat)
  • C - Gymnast (small in stature)


When a NAPPI trainer completes an assessment on a participant’s competence in a physical skill, they will be faced with different body shapes, sizes and gender.  For example, if the NAPPI trainer is lean and long (like a basketball player) and the participant is small in stature (like a gymnast) the trainer will have to make adjustments to enable a fair assessment and not disadvantage the participant. However, any adjustment that is made, must not compromise the safety of the skill either within the training room or once back in the workplace.


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