Kinanthropometry and Ergonomics

Kinanthropometry and Ergonomics


Consequent to the changes in life styles, nutrition, activity levels and ethnic composition of populations, alterations are taking place in body structure and functions. Kinanthropometry is the study of human body size, shape and form and how those characteristics relate to human movement and sporting performance (ISAK). Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance (IEA). The research mainly focuses on the assessment and importance of physical fitness, growth and development, nutrition, sports science, muscle strength , role of anthropometry in designing of various products and equipments, work performance and stress, work postures, occupational health hazards, etc.

The laboratory is well equipped with various equipments like Stadiometer, Bicycle ergometer, Treadmill, Elliptical cross trainer, Ergonomic table, Infantometer, Hand grip Dynamometer, Harpenden Skinfold caliper, Wooden stools especially designed for taking rapid fitness index in males and females. The laboratory has produced number of eminent scholars who have worked and contributed in the field and are presently working in Universities of India and abroad as faculty members, premiere organizations like Sports Authority of India, NGO’s, Public health organizations etc.

The laboratory of Kinanthropometry and Ergonomics has facility for teaching, advanced scientific research and provides trained manpower for nation building in the field of Anthropology integrating the principles from the fields of Kinanthropometry and Ergonomics.

Teachers in-charge: Dr. Shivani Chandel and Dr. Meenal Dhall

Current Research Scholars

1. Ms. Urvashi Gupta
Topic: Biosocial factors regulating sports performance among adolescent players

2. Monika Kulshreshtha
Topic: Impact of Dance on Physical and Mental well-being: A study among Kathak dancers of NCR.

3. Sukhmani Kaur
Topic: A study on body physique and its associated risk factors among Ramgarhia Sikh community of Delhi

4. Shagufta Naaz Ansari
Topic: Bio cultural determinants of psychological stress- A study among Ramgarhia Sikh of Delhi

Recent Publications


1) Kaur S and Chandel S. 2017. Age changes in the body physique and its association with BMI: a cross-sectional study among school going boys of Rajasthan, India. Human Biology Review, 6 (3), 250-262.

2) Das, S., &Chandel, S. (2017). Association between blood pressure and anthropometric indicators of obesity among elderly rural women of India. Indian Journal of Health and Wellbeing, 8(9), 950-953.

3) Chandel, S., Rhetso, A., Malik, S., &Kulshreshtha, M. (2017). The association between Body Physique and Physical Fitness: a cross-sectional study among a tribal community of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, India. International Journal of Applied Exercise Physiology, 7(1), 11-20.

4) Chandel, S., Thakur, M. & Saraswathy, K.N. (2017). Age related changes in Hand grip strength and its association with ACE I/D gene polymorphism among adults: A cross-sectional study on Jat population of Haryana.J. Indian Anthrop. Soc., 52, 185-197.


Chandel, S. and Malik S.L. (2016).Importance of Human Variation and Scientific Inputs in Designing Furniture.American Journal of Sports Science. Special Issue: Kinanthropometry. Vol. 4, No. 1-1.31-36.

Other publications (Edited works, Book reviews, Festschrift volumes, etc.)

• Chandel, S. Chiroura: A Village in Transition.Challenges of Urbanization in the 21st century,Volume 3 Planning and Governance. Pg 142-148. 2013

• Chandel S and Malik S.L “Inter-population variation in body size and body proportion among Kshatriya and Kurmi females of Uttar Pradesh, India” edited by SudiptaGhosh and D.K. Limbu, tilted Readings in Biological Anthropology, B.R. Publishing house, New Delhi.2017 (In Press)

• Kaur S and Chandel S. The study of Anthropometric Somatotype among boys of Dangi Community from Udaipur, Rajasthan, India