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What sport are you built for?
Around the Academy:

What's your perfect sport?
Are you a gymnast, rower or somewhere in between?
Ever noticed how certain sports stars share the same physical characteristics?

Rowers tend to be tall and heavy, gymnasts small and flexible and sprinters muscular and lean.

You don't have to be built a certain way, but there's no doubt that it can be a big advantage - especially at the highest level.

So what's the ideal body shape for your chosen sport? We asked Dr Kevin Thompson, a physiologist at the English Institute of Sport to fill us in.


Athletics
Dean Macey
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Basketball
USA centre Tim Duncan is 7' tall
Hoops players tend to be tall, but it's not essential. Find out more!

Gymnastics
Ian Thorpe
Gymnasts are generally quite small, but with plenty of strength. Sound like you?

Rowing
Matthew Pinsent and Ed Coode
Rowers like Matthew Pinsent are tall, wide and powerful. Sound familiar? Then read on!

Swimming
Ian Thorpe
Your ideal swimming build depends on your stroke. Are you a backstroker or a butterfly?

Tennis
Venus Williams
Tall, powerful and agile? Tennis could be just the sport for you. Find out more!



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