Bigger Is Not Better: How Bodyweight and Size Affect Field Sports

What is Elite Athletic Performance?

The term “elite” refers to those athletes who are able to perform at their best during competition. They have proven themselves capable of excelling in various sports such as soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, tennis and many others. These athletes have been selected based on their ability to excel in these sports and not because they happen to be very tall or short.

In the case of field sports, it means being able to run fast, jump high and throw hard. It is important to note that there are different types of athletic performance. There are two main categories: speed and strength.

Speed includes things like sprinting, jumping and throwing; while strength encompasses things like lifting weights and performing other physical activities that require power.

Elite Athletes Are Often Taller Than Others

There are several reasons why some athletes are taller than others. One reason could be due to genetics. A person’s genes determine how tall they will grow into adulthood.

Another factor is body type which can include height, weight and muscle mass. Muscle mass determines whether someone is strong or weak, while height dictates if they are tall or short. Finally, there is gender. Male and female gender have obvious physical differences that include skeletal size and muscularity.

Elite athletes are often taller than average in both height and weight. Some of the current top scorers in the NBA such as Karl-Anthony Towns, Kevin Durant, and LeBron James are all over 6 feet 7 inches in height. This height isn’t common among the general population as most American men are 5 feet 10 inches.

The same concept can be applied to weight.

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