Objective: We made anthropometric measurements to compare body proportions of university students and to investigate the tendency of the students with more developed bodies in choosing profession for university education.
Methods: A total of 204 male students [group 1: students of School of Physical Education and Sports” (SPESp) (n=88), group 2: students of Faculty of Fine Arts (FFArts) (n=59), and group 3: students of Faculty of Medicine (FMed) (n=57)] were included, and anthropometric measurements were performed.
Results: “Height”; “chest circumference”; “difference of inspiration and expiration of chest circumference” values of the SPESp students were higher than the others (FFArts and FMed). In the SPESp students, chest circumference and chest expansion capacity by inspiration developed more. This shows the positive impact of sport on respiratory functions. Additionally, the legs are longer in students engaged in regular sports.
Conclusion: Exercise is important for all subjects in terms of body development, growth, and oxygenization and to decrease cardiovascular risk factors. For the development of the ideal body anthropometric rates, obesity prevention, and for the growth of healthy generations, governments should give importance to sports and take incentive measures to increase children and young people’s interest in the sport.
“Except data collection, the preparation of this paper, including the design and planning, was supported by Continuous Education and Scientific Research Association”. There was no financial support. There was only scientific support.
Conflict of interest statement: The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.
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