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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 11

Limited (ISAK) profiling The International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK)

SRI Professor, School of BioSciences, Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences, Taylor's University Malaysia, Malaysia

Date of Web Publication16-May-2018

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DOI: 10.4103/2395-1540.232541

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How to cite this article:
Karupaiah T. Limited (ISAK) profiling The International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK). J Renal Nutr Metab 2018;3:11

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Karupaiah T. Limited (ISAK) profiling The International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK). J Renal Nutr Metab [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 Feb 20];3:11. Available from: http://www.jrnm.in/text.asp?2018/3/1/11/232541

Kinanthropometry is “The academic discipline which involves the use of anthropometric measures in relation to other scientific parameters and/or thematic areas such as human movement, physiology or applied health sciences” (Stewart, 2010). The science of kinanthropometry evolved because of the need to minimize to 'tolerable level' the error prone data generated from anthropometry because techniques of measurement varies considerably between different measurers or even within a set of measurements collected by an individual. However, with kinanthropometry the possibility of 'acquiring and using valid measures relies on adherence to measurement principles and protocols' which technically are administered similarly any time, any where and by any ISAK trained person.

The formalization history of kinanthropometry began in 1996 when the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK) introduced its initial accreditation scheme relying on the Laboratory Standards Assistance Scheme (LSAS) of the Australian Sports Commission. This training protocol became modified by 1998 to set strict teaching and learning terms in the manual so as to firm the goal towards 'minimising and achieving tolerable levels of error in measurement'. In fact, this presenter was a member of the first team trained by ISAK that year in Adelaide!

By 2004, the ISAK Accreditation Scheme specified requirements for training protocols and approved a standardized manual 'The International Standards for Anthropometric Assessment' for teaching and examining by 2012. Thus ISAK supports and promotes (1) standardization of techniques and applications (2) improving competencies of individuals performing kinanthropometry and (3) enabling recognition of professional competence at different levels through the International AnthropometryAccreditation Scheme (IAAS).

In this Workshop, we will be teaching participants very limited skills of kinanthropometry related to specific sites for measurement as recommended by the International Society of Renal Nutrition and Metabolism (ISRNM). ISRNM recommends the measurement of the triceps skinfold (TSF) and the mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) to be incorporated into nutritional assessment of the chronic kidney disease patient. The MUAC measurement of a patient in fact is set as one of the 4 diagnostic criteria for detecting protein energy wasting in a CKD patient. Our hands on training will include competency demonstration from landmarking to measurement of triceps and MUAC. [1]

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Michael Marfell-Jones, Francisco Esparza-Ros, Arthur Stewart and Hans de Ridder. ISAK ACCREDITATION HANDBOOK. Published by The International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry, 2016.  Back to cited text no. 1


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