Weighing in on BMI | Is it a good measurement for athletes

BMI, which stands for Body Mass Index is a very popular metric used by the medical community and the Insurance Industry. I just read a very good baseball article on a study that looked at baseball players over a 100 years and noticed something amazing that happened in the 1990's. The BMI of baseball players went up drastically to a whopping 25, which is technically classified as obese. How can than this be? When you look at the typical baseball player, they do not look overweight. Occasionally you will see a ball player than can lose a couple of pounds, but the majority of them are in excellent physical shape. With new techniques on training, nutrition and just a better understanding about how we function at high fitness levels, you would think that athletes would fall into a healthy category.BMI and athletes What the medical community and insurance agencies don't tell us is that BMI is a combination of two different variables: Height and Weight! With more and more athletes taking their fitness and nutrition more serious today, we are seeing more and more athletes developing an increase in lean muscle mass, versus a 100 years ago. What will happen is that their weight will increase due to the increase in muscle, but their height will stay the same. According to a BMI table, if you are in excellent physical condition, but your height to weight ratio is off the charts, you are going to be in the obese category. That is why other ways of measuring a persons health should be used. BMI is not a bad indicator of the average populations health, because there are a lot of obese individuals walking around today, but for the individual who is exercising a lot, participating in resistance training or athletics, BMI may not be the best indicator of someones physical and health levels.If you look at all athletes, even golfers, their body's are so different today versus 30 years ago, especially the younger generation. They are putting on more muscle, because they know if they can generate more power from a stronger body, the ball will go farther, etc. A lot of these athletes are working with fitness coaches, personal trainers, nutrition experts & dietitians and sports psychology coaches to stay on top of their game.  The role of athlete is no longer just to perform awesome on the field, but to perform at a high level off the field too. The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241