[I was going to numerous material on Kinanthropometry but they have at best been too complicated for lesser mortals to understand. I like simpler words and hence here is some discussion on the subject which tries to explain Kinanthropometry clearly and lucidly. Please comment if you want to add some info]
Kinanthropometry can be defined as the quantitative interface between anatomy and physiology, or between human structure and function. It is a scientific specialization that employs measurements to appraise human size, shape,proportions, composition, maturation and gross function. Its purpose is to help us understand human movement in the context of growth, exercise, performance and nutrition. Many of the issues seen in the gymnastics literature (such as growth, eating disorders, talent selection, training at a very young age) relate to kinanthropometry. The discipline is central to the scientific foundations of women’s gymnastics. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a criticaloverview of the kinanthropometric literature related to female gymnasts.