The study was aimed to make an analysis of selected anthropometric characteristics and sprint start performance of elite male athletes.
Methods: Fifteen male elite athletes (sprinters) from the STC and COE schemes of Sports Authority of India, Thiruvananthapuram, were selected as the subjects for the study. Their age ranged from 16-29 years. 25 anthropometric measurements out of 39 measurements suggested by International Society of the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK) were selected as variables. Also video recording of sprint start of the athletes was selected as the test item.
Result: The performance of the athletes in the 10 metre increased with the increase in their body mass, sitting height, chest girth, biacromial breadth and A-P chest depth. Performance in the 10 metre sprint showed no significant relationship with the other selected anthropometric variables.
Conclusion: Block clearance of the sprint athletes is associated with many of their body features. Block clearance, velocity and sprint time are more dominant with the increased body mass, sitting height and chest girth of the elite male sprint athletes.