The reduction in the physical activity affects body composition factors like body fat percentage, body mass index (BMI) and body muscle mass. There are close relationships between the body composition factors and aerobic, cardiovascular fitness. The present study was conducted to analyze this trend in sports population.
Methodology: 88 male sports persons were recruited for the study from National Academies at Sports Authority of India having at least 3 years of training experience in their respective sports. BMI and total body fat percent was estimated using anthropometric method. Aerobic capacity was measured using the Astrand protocol.
Results: Significant but weak negative correlation was obtained between aerobic capacity and BMI (-0.301, p<0.01) and aerobic capacity and body fat percent (-0.320, p<0.01).
Conclusion: Anthropometric measures of body mass index and body fat percent have found to be negatively correlated with aerobic capacity. However, the level of correlation is quite less; the study therefore, needs further corroboration with different athletic groups segregating the athletic population based on the dominant sports demands like endurance, speed, agility or strength.