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).

Conference 2016 - Merida, MEXICO

World Conference on Kinanthropometry and Body Composition ISAK-UADY 2016

The International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK) and the Autonomous University of Yucatán join forces to present for the first time in Latin America, the World Conference on Kinanthropometry and Body Composition ISAK-UADY 2016 to be held from October 31 to November 2, 2016 in order to show the latest scientific advances in the field, covering the areas of high performance sports, nutrition, exercise and health. There will be workshops, Kinanthropometry certification courses and spaces to present research posters and oral communications, with the majestic headquarters being the Grand Museum of the Mayan World.

Data of interest:

President of the Organizing Committee: Prof. Fernando Ferreyro Bravo.

Website: http://www.worldconferenceisakuady2016.com.mx/


ISAK Online



International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences's (IUAES) Inter-Congress 

“World anthropologies and privatization of knowledge: engaging anthropology in public”, 

Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 4th to 9th May 2016.


Panel 542 – Organizers: Elena Godina and Robert Malina

Title: Anthropology of Sports

Keywords: Anthropology, Sports science, Athletes of high qualification, Children and adolescents, Growth and development, Sexual maturation, Genetic polymorphic systems, Modern lifestyle.

Sports anthropology is a fast developing interdisciplinary branch of scientific knowledge, which embraces many different approaches and methods: anthropological, genetical, psychological, physiological, sociological, etc.  A lot of topics interesting not only for academics but also for the general public will be discussed at the panel.  Among the most important issues will be the following: influence of physical activity  and different kinds of sports on growth and development of children (gender, age, ethnic aspects); obesity epidemics in the framework of changes in modern lifestyle; morphological and functional adaptations in sports of high qualification; genetic polymorphic systems associated with morphofunctional characteristics of athletes in different sport specializations; secular trends in sports – direction and differences from the general pattern, etc. The panel will appeal to participants from various fields of science: anthropology, genetics, sports science. 

Important dates:

Call for papers is now open! Deadline for submission of abstracts is January 31st 2016, midnight CET

Registration is now open! Early bird: Until February 5th 2016, midnight CET

 New Vice-President appointed 

The ISAK Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Shahram Mevaloo to the vacant position of Vice-President.  Dr Mevaloo is a Level 4, Criterion Anthropometrist and a medical doctor at the I.R.I. Sport Medicine Federation in Tehran, Iran.  He has been on the ISAK Council since the 2010 ISAK BGM in Lisbon, Portugal. His appointment is until the 2016 BGM.

ISAK Accreditation Fees 2015 

At its Council meeting in Murcia in July 2014, the ISAK Council determined that, from 2015 on, all ISAK-accreditted anthropometrists must be members of ISAK.  [Previously, membership was only compulsory at Levels 3 and 4.]  It also decided that, in future, membership and accreditation fees would be paid as a single combined fee at the time of accreditation or re-accreditation.  The result of this is a changed fee structure for accreditation.  If any Level 3 or 4 is unaware of this new fee structure, please contact the Secretary-General at info@isakonline.com or the President at profmike@clear.net.nz to get a copy of it before you start planning your courses.

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. 

Please address all your emails to the ISAK Secretary at info@isakonline.com.

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