NWU professor proud co-author of world-renowned textbook
Prof Hans de Ridder, director of the School of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU), is one of four international authors who have just published a new edition of a world-renowned kinanthropometry textbook.
The book, titled “International Standards for Anthropometric Assessment”, is currently used for the training of anthropometrists in more than 50 countries worldwide. The textbook was released at the pre-Olympic congress held in Glasgow, Scotland, in July, and was received with great enthusiasm by international academics.
The four authors, all highly qualified anthropometrists, are Prof Arthur Stewart of the United Kingdom, Prof Mike Marfell-Jones of New Zealand, Prof Timothy Olds of Australia and Prof Hans de Ridder of South Africa.
The book is used mainly as textbook in international kinanthropometry courses and is currently being translated into seven other languages, including Spanish, Portuguese and Modern Chinese.
Prof De Ridder, currently one of only four anthropometrists in the world, was also responsible for taking the more than 80 photographs for this book, and most of the “models” in the textbook are NWU students.
Kinanthropometry is an academic discipline that involves the use of anthropometric norms in relation to other scientific parameters and/or thematic areas like human movement, physiology or applied health sciences.
Anthropometry involves scientific procedures and procedures that are used to obtain surface anatomical measurements like length, width and skin folds of the human body with the aid of specialised equipment.
Four international authors and highly qualified anthropometrists just released the new edition of the world-renowned textbook, “International Standards for Anthropometric Assessment”. Here are, from the left, Prof Arthur Stewart (United Kingdom), Prof Mike Marfell-Jones (New Zealnd), Prof Tim Olds (Australia), and Prof Hans de Ridder of the North-West University (South Africa).