Welcome to ISAK

The International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK) was founded as an organisation of individuals whose scientific and professional endeavour is related to kinanthropometry.

ISAK's purpose is to create and maintain an international network of colleagues who represent the world community transcending geography, politics and the bounds of separate disciplines in order to establish a dynamic area of scientific endeavour.

Kinanthropometry is the area of science concerned with the measurement of human body composition. As a result of changes in life styles, nutrition, activity levels and ethnic compositon of populations, changes to the distribution of body dimensions are forever occurring. Kinanthropometry is the interface between anatomy and movement. It takes the measurement of the human body and determines it's capability for function and movement in a range of settings.

ISAK has developed international standards for anthropometric assessment and an international anthropometry accreditation scheme (IAAS). The accreditation scheme is based on the concept of a four-level hierarchy. A key element in it is the objective maintenance of quality assurance by requiring that all levels have to meet initial technical error of measurement (TEM).

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

ISAK sends its best wishes to all ISAK members for a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year. 

New ISAK Secretary-General Appointed

ISAK is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Dr Esparza-Ros, from Murcia, España, to the position of ISAK Secretary-General. Dr Esparza is supported by a team from the Universidad Catolica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM) which is where the ISAK Secretariat will be located. 

In order to allow Dr Esparza time to get his systems up and running, please address all your emails to the ISAK President at profmike@clear.net.nz until further notice. He will respond or forward them as appropriate. 

ISAK World Conference 2016 – Expressions of interest

ISAK is seeking expressions of interest from those who are interested in running ISAK's 2016 World Conference.  If you are, please contact the ISAK President at profmike@clear.net.nz

New ISAK President appointed

The Council of the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Michael Marfell-Jones to the position of President of ISAK until its next Biennial General Meeting in 2016.

Prof Marfell-Jones was ISAK President from 2000 to 2008 and, from 2008 to 2014, the ISAK Past-President.  He is based in New Zealand.

His appointment follows the reluctant decision by the incumbent President, Professor Hans de Ridder, of South Africa, not to see out his full second term as President.

ISAK appoints newest Life Member

ISAK is also pleased to announce the awarding of Life Membership to Professor Hans de Ridder from North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Prof de Ridder becomes the fifth ISAK member to be recognised as a Life Member. 

An ISAK Level 4 Criterion Anthropometrist, Prof de Ridder has served on the ISAK Council since 1994.  From 2002 to 2008, he served as Secretary-General, and from 2008 to 2014 as President.

The award was announced on the closing day of the ISAK World Conference at the Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM).

New Editor of Kinanthreport

ISAK is pleased to announce the appointment of new Kinanthreport Editor – Dr Fernando Ferreyro, from the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatán, Merida, Mexico.  He takes over from Dr Carmel Nottle, University of South Australia, who has been the editor since 2009 and whom ISAK wishes to thank most sincerely for her efforts in keeping the newsletter going.

Dr  Ferreyro will be welcoming articles and course reports in both English and Spanish.  These can be sent to him at fferreyro@uady.mx

Keep in mind that the role of the editor is not to write the material for the report, but to gather it and format it for production in each issue.  It is ISAK’s goal to publish three issues a year, but that cannot happen without your support.

February 2014 Kinanthreport edition

The last Kinanthreport edition is available in the publications section. You can also download the PDF file or open this flipsnack link.

New Chilean Kinanthropometry Association

A group of Chilean Anthropometrists are working in the creation of the Chilean Kinanthropometry Association. All the anthropometrists that are interested in taking part in the association, please send an email to: Claudia Arancibia Cid at claudia.arancibia@unab.cl