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  • Writer's pictureJUSTIN LEONARD

Athlete Wingspan Measurement Explained

Updated: Oct 12, 2023

It is well known that biometric measurements may be accurate predictors of athletic achievement. Wingspan measurement [also known as arm span or reach] is commonly used to predict athletic ability.


It is well known that individuals with longer arms tend to have the advantage when executing athletic moves. Longer wingspan makes the athlete "play taller" than their actual height.

There has long been established a need to accurately measure the wingspan of an athlete or any person involved in physical activity. It may also be assessed as part of a routine health check.

Wingspan may be used as a predictor of nutrient deficiencies or disease. In fact, quite regularly, a physical examination in a doctor's office includes measurements such as height and weight, as well as wingspan.


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