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Here's The Ideal Body Type For Every Sport

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It gives you some pretty interesting perspective on just how big NBA and NFL players are, and it shows how specialized positions in major professional sports have become.

This second chart shows the distribution for each type of athlete. Positions with dense clusters of dots (like NFL centers) are highly specialized ? meaning there is very little variety in body types. Positions with a wider spread (like right-handed MLB pitchers) have much more variety.

The biggest takeaways:

  • The average athlete in every sport but three (ski jumping, flyweight UFC fighting, and gymnastics) is taller than the average American male height of 5-foot-9.
  • NFL nose tackles are the heaviest athletes. Flyweight UFC fighters are the lightest.

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