General information

Subject type: Optional

Coordinator: Lluís Albesa Albiol

Trimester: Third term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Marta Carrasco Marginet

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish


Basic skills
  • To be able to transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialized and non-specialized audiences

Specific skills
  • Assess the fitness, prescribe and develop health-oriented and safe physical exercises for these practitioners 

General competencies
  • Describe the physiological and biomechanical factors that condition the practice of physical activity and sport

Transversal competences
  • Use the sources of certified scientific knowledge in the field of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences

  • Incorporate habits of excellence and quality for professional practice


Cineanthropometry is the science that studies the relationship between structure and human function (Ross, 1978). Etymologically, it means "size of the human being in motion."

  Cineanthropometry is a transversal science that can be used, and therefore demanded in terms of its training, by multiple areas of knowledge, both in the field of health (medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, physical activity sciences and of sport, dietetics and human nutrition ...), as well as from certain technical careers that work with canons of human proportionality (industrial engineering, architecture, design ...). 

AThis subject has methodological and digital resources to make possible its continuity in non-contact mode in the case of being necessary for reasons related to the Covid-19. In this way, the achievement of the same knowledge and skills that are specified in this teaching plan will be ensured.



  1. Definition and objectives
  2. History of Cineanthropometry
  3. International Regulation of Cineanthropometry: ISAK
    1. Level 1 (restricted profile film anthropometrist)
    2. Level 2 (full profile film anthropometrist)
    3. Level 3 (instructor)
    4. Level 4 (criteria cinema anthropometrist)
  4. Level 1 Accreditation (ISAK): study variables
    1. Body Mass
    2. Height
    3. Folds
      1. triceps
      2. Subscapular
      3. Biceps
      4. Ileocrestal
      5. Superspinal
      6. Abdominal
      7. Front thigh
      8. Medial Bed 
    4. Perimeters
      1. Relaxed arm
      2. Arm flexed and tense
      3. Waist
      4. Swallow
      5. Bed
    5. Diameters
      1. Humerus
      2. Femur
  5. Material used:
    1.  anthropometric tape
    2.  plicometer
    3. Tallimeter or Stadiometer
    4. Balance
    5. Anthropometer
    6. Pachometer or "King's Foot"
    7. Anthropometric drawer
  6. Ethical Aspects
    1. proxemia
    2. Informed consent permission
    3. ethics committee
  7. Methodology:
    1. reliability
    2. accuracy
    3. validity
    4. technical measurement error
  8. Proportionality:
    1. Epidemiological health index
    2. Index related to sports performance
  9. Body Composition
    1. Kinanthropometry
      1. Model of the 2 components
      2. Model of the 5 components
      3. Additions of folds
      4. Regression equations fitted to each profile
      5. Estimation of muscle areas
    2. Bioimpedance
      1. Types of bia devices
      2. Regression equations fitted to each profile
      3. Estimation of total, extracellular, intracellular body water
      4. Bioimpedance vector analysis
    1. Definition
    2. Three-dimensional expression
    3. two-dimensional expression
      1. somatocarta

Evaluation system

Qualification system (Royal Decree 1125/2003, of 5 September) that establishes the European system of credits and the system of qualifications to the university degrees of official character and validity in all the state territory:

0 - 4,9: Suspended

5,0 - 6,9: Approved

7,0 - 8,9: Notable

9,0 - 10: Excellent

Evaluation activity


Assessed skills


Final evaluation:

  • Practical exam (ISAK restricted profile)


CB4, G4, T3, T7, E8.


Continued avaluation:

  • Group work (moodle activities)


CB4, G4, T3, T7, E8.


Continued avaluation:

  • Individual works (articles, questionnaires ...)


CB4, G4, T3, T7, E8.


Attendance at practical cineanthropometry sessions


CB4, G4, T7, E8.


Requirements to pass the continuous assessment: 

The final grade of the students will be obtained through a continuous assessment valued at 40% (group work - 20% - and individual work of a compulsory nature - 20% -) and a final assessment (practical exam - 50% -) . Finally, attendance at practical classes will be valued at 10%. To pass the course, a minimum of 5 points must be obtained both in the practical exam (final assessment) and in all the activities corresponding to the continuous assessment. Attendance at practical classes must always be equal to or greater than 80% in order to pass the entire course. The evaluation activity in the recovery period will be a face-to-face practical exam, with the same characteristics as the 1ª call. This exam will weigh 50% of the evaluation and must be passed with a minimum of 5 points (out of 10 points) to be able to evaluate the whole subject. The remaining grades (continuous assessment) will be maintained.


In accordance with current regulations, you can only opt for recovery, if it has been suspended the subject. If the rating is Not presented, you will not be eligible for recovery.

Evaluation activity in recovery period


Assessed skills



CB4, G4, T3, T7, E8


The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities will mean a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason.




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Alvero JR, Cabañas MD, Herrero A, Martínez L, Moreno C, Porta J, Sillero M, Sirvent JE. (2009). Protocol for the assessment of body composition for medical and sports recognition. Consensus document of the Spanish Group of Cineanthropometry of the FEMD. Archives of Sports Medicine, 26 (131): 166-179.

Stewart A, Marfell-Jones M, Olds T, De Ridder H. (2011). International Protocol for Anthropometric Valuation. International Society for the Advancement of Cineanthropometry. 


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