So let's talk about body fat. In particular this guy (left):
This is DK Metcalf, former receiver of Ole Miss Wide. He has an extremely impressive physique and has exhibited it during the combine measurement session. The results were … amazing.
Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf, famous in social media, measured at 6 feet 3 inches and 3/8 pounds and 228 pounds … with 1.6% body fat
– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 28, 2019
Of course, 1.6% of body fat is not healthy.
The average body fat of a person is about 20%. Athletes are often between 6 and 13 years old. Male bodybuilders sometimes have between 3 and 4%. One study found that large receptors were recorded around 12 hours.
It's literally not healthy to be under 3 years old by nutrition professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada.
Professor Mourtzakis stressed the risks associated with extremely low body fat: "Some athletes can reach 2% body fat, but I would certainly not support this approach for athletes. Achieving this interval presents health risks, including increased risk of infection and injury. This approach often supports unhealthy eating behaviors and patterns reflecting disordered eating behaviors. "
When asked if a football player was possible at 1.6, a sports trainer sent me this:
"He would be anorexic. It's not healthy and I doubt it's possible for him to reach a level of division I with this percentage of body fat. The lowest BFP among my athletes is 6%. I can not imagine what 1.5% looks like. "
I will spare you the Google image search results for bodybuilders with 1% body fat. They were far beyond the workout picture of Metcalf, with regards to the things you can see under their skin.
The machine may have been misread as well.
Over the last 13 years, the combine has done its fat percentage tests with a machine called Bod Pod (and not the thickness method you could experience at your dietician). You go into this egg-look business and they change the atmospheric pressure around you. Then he reads the difference with the athlete coming in and out of the basket, then calculating the volume of your body from there.
Here is a demonstration:
But the Bod Pod has a margin of error, according to the National Institute of Fitness and Sport, and can to be as much as 5 percent in both directions, if not more by this research.
But what a university sports coach said was more likely to give up 2.5% in both directions.
Metcalf has a history of bodybuilding, which helps to explain his physique.
In an interview for Metcalf's new Under Armor endorsement, his father said his son was pushing 50 pounds and placing 100 at the age of five. He could have fed 350 pounds at the age of 19.
(An accompanying press release stated that "his father was quick to understand that the groups were more age-appropriate than the weights.")
The Metcalf is practically no training since his neck injury in mid-October and, as we have not seen in a while, his torn look was a surprise. But for Metcalf to train for the combine and hope to perform at the NFL, he is probably closer to 4%. Because he probably would not be able to work very long if it was 1.6%.
The medical complications of a very low body mass involve almost all body functions and include the cardiovascular, endocrine, reproductive, skeletal, gastrointestinal, renal and central nervous systems, with the possibility of developing conditions such as lesions. heart problems, gastrointestinal problems, narrowing of organs, abnormalities of the immune system, reproductive disorders, loss of muscle tissue, damage to the nervous system, abnormal growths and even death.
With a high-level athlete training and an athlete's father, it is unlikely that Metcalf will choose to risk his physical efficiency during what constitutes the biggest job interview of his life. Like all football players, he will have to deal with enough questions about his health and sustainability during the selection process.
This may be the first time a wide receiver has to assure the NFL's executive directors that his body fat percentage is actually a bit higher than what the test said, though.