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Application of skeletal age based on x-ray in selecting sports talents
Author(s): Zongzhen Mao; Guodong Xu; Tao Song
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Paper Abstract

Skeletal age has been studied and proved that for most elite athletes, it was coincident with the chronological ages when they were young. In order to explore the application of skeletal age in selecting sports talent, 32 athletes (female, chronological age 5-12 y) were chosen from the Gymnastics Training Base in this study. Their left hand-wrists were photographed with X-rays, and then the skeletal ages were estimated by Chinese version of the Tanner-Whitehouse Skeletal Maturity Assessment System. At the same time, their body shapes, functions, and sports ability were also measured. Results showed that 71.88% of the skeletal age was proportional to their chronological age (± 1 y); while 18.75% of the skeletal maturity was retarded by 1- 2 year, 9.37% of those was advanced more than 1 year. On the other hand, the body shape, functions and sports ability of the athletes were positively related with their skeletal maturity. This study proved that the determination of skeletal maturity is a reliable evaluation for selecting sports talent. A further study on the influence of gymnastics on the skeletal age is of great significance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 November 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8335, 2012 International Workshop on Image Processing and Optical Engineering, 833507 (15 November 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.919765
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Zongzhen Mao, Wuhan Sports Univ. (China)
Guodong Xu, Jianghan Univ. (China)
Tao Song, Wuhan Sports Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8335:
2012 International Workshop on Image Processing and Optical Engineering
Hai Guo; Qun Ding, Editor(s)

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