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Jovan Gardasevic1, Srdja Martinovic2,3, Ivan Vasiljevic1, Marija Bubanja1, Pavle Malovic1, Erol Vrevic1

1University of Montenegro, Faculty for Sport and Physical Education, Niksic, Montenegro
2University of Montenegro, Faculty of Law, Podgorica, Montenegro
3Ministry of Defence, Podgorica, Montenegro

Analysis of Trends in Anthropometric Characteristics of Montenegrin Young Men from Niksic from 1957 to 1969

Sport Mont 2020, 18(2), 55-59 | DOI: 10.26773/smj.200616


The aim of this study is to observe the trend of body height, body weight, and body mass index in Montenegrin young men from Niksic from 1957 to 1969. The sample of respondents in this study numbered a total of 10,738 future soldiers with an average age of 18.25±0.78, who were tested for military service in the period from 30 June 1957 to 28 December 1969. The average body height of the total sample of future recruits was 178.58±6.86, the average body weight was 68.56±8.66, and the average value of body mass index was 21.48±2.27. The highest body height (180.83±8.13) and body weight (73.26±9.38) was in the group of respondents born in 1958. The highest body mass index (22.84±2.50) was found in the respondents of group born in 1957. The value of the body mass index of all respondents shows that everyone was in the zone of normal weight. The highest body mass index (22.84±2.50) was found in the respondents of group born in 1957. It should be noted that many of these respondents were measured before the age of 18. This means that their growth was not complete. There is a possibility that they on average had a higher body height with the completion of growth and development than this research shows. The results show that all generations of young men from Niksic were at that time of a normal weight. This fact is not surprising because it is known that life was different then than it is now. The results of this study are very important in monitoring the trend of these 3 variables in the Montenegrin population, but they also have some limitations. As mentioned above, the rule for recruiting future soldiers was to be tested before the age of 18, when growth and development were not complete yet, and the results after the completion of the growth and development of the respondents would probably be slightly different from these results.


body height, body weight, body mass index, secular trend, Montenegro

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