Discrimination of athletes and non-athletes based on the latent structure of some biometric variables [Discriminación entre atletas y no atletas basada en la estructura latente de algunas variables biométricas]
Rexhepi A.M.,Center for Sport |
Rexhepi A.M.,University of Prishtina |
Rexhepi A.M.,Institute of Sport Anthropology |
Brestovci B.,Institute of Sport Anthropology |
Brestovci B.,University of Zagreb
International Journal of Morphology | Year: 2013
The aim of this exploratory study was to explore impact of organized physical activities on the latent structure of some morpho-functional variables. Discrimination between group of athletes (167 entities, aged 22.4 years) and group of non-athletes (150 entities, aged 25.7 years) has been explored in latent structure of 12 morphometric variables, 4 physiological variables and 7 hematological variables. The significant differences between athletes and non-athletes on four extracted latent factors, were explored through Canonical Discriminant Analyses. The confirmed significant differences between two explored groups indicate the impact of regular and well organized physical activities on morphometric characteristics, physiological abilities, and hematological parameters. The results of this exploratory study may encourage us to compose and to apply well organized physical activities for children, elders, and overweight persons that will be profitable for their health.