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Mark Redfern
10-30-1997, 12:49 AM
Thanks to all that responded to my question regarding child anthropometry.
The response was great!!! Here is a copy of my request and a summary of
the responses. I have included most of the responses, however, I have not
included some of the redundant references.

Thanks again,
-Mark Redfern

I have a student design team that is re-designing a school bus as part of
their engineering design project. Does anyone know of a good database of
children anthropometry for ages 5-12 yrs.? Specifics are obviously seating
anthropometric parameters.


"Anthropometry of Infants, Children, and Youths to Age 18 for Product
Safety Design." R. G. Snyder, L. W. Schneider, C.L. Owings, H. M.
Reynolds, D. H. Golomb, M. A. Schork. Final Report prepared for Consumer
Product Safety Commission at The University of Michigan, Highway Safety
Research Institute (Now, UMTRI). Contact CPSC for instructions on how to
get a copy.

Mac Reynolds, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Ergonomics Research Laboratory
Michigan State University
Voice: 517-487-1702
Fax: 517-4878-2023

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They have access to some fine anthropometric data bases:

William F. Moroney, PhD, CPE
University of Dayton
Dayton, OH 45469-1430

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Take a look at http://www.nist.gov/itl/div894/ovrt/projects/anthrokids/

Richard Bastien

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British Standard 7231: Part 1: 1990 "Body measurements of boys and girls
from birth up to 16.9 years. Part 1. Inforomation in the form of tables"
can be obtained from
BSI, Linford Wood, Milton Keynes MK14 6LE, UK
Phone +44 1908 220022
Telex 825777

ChildData: The handbook of Child Measurements and Capabilites - Data for
Design Safety (1995). ISBN 0-9522 571-1-4 is published by the Consumer
Safety Unit of the Depatment of Trade and Industry in the UK.
"Bodyspace: Anthropoemetry, Ergonomics and Design", 2nd Ed, 1996, by ST
Pheasant is published by Taylor and Francis, London and Philadelphia.
Ergonomics and Work Psychology
Health and Safety Laboratory
Broad Lane
Sheffield, S3 7HQ

Anthropometry of Infants, Children and Youths to Age 18 for Product
Safety Design SP-450
Richard Synder, L. Schneider, C.L. Owings, H.M. Reynolds, D.H. Golomb
and M.A. Schork
Final report 1977, published by :
Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc.
400 Commonwealth Dr.
Warrendale, PA
(Probably an old address)

About 500 pages of data and pictures

Good Luck,

John Kozey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Health and Human Performance
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

One source for anthropometric data for children of a variety of ages is
Stephen Pheasant's book, BodySpace, Published by Taylor & Francis.

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Margarita Vergara Monedero Tfn. 34-64-345680 Ext. 4757
Departamento de Tecnologia Fax 34-64-345646
Universitat Jaume I e-mail: vergara@tec.uji.es
E-12071 Castellon

Book: Try Bodyspace by Stephen Pheasant (Taylor & Francis, 196, 2nd edn.
ISBN 0-7484-0326-4 paperback). US address is 1900 Frost Road, Suite 101,
Bristol, PA 19007. PC: PeopleSize from Open Ergonomics, Unit 11,
Loughborough Technology Centre, Epinal Way, Loughborough LE11 0QE, UK. Fax:
+1 509 218 333. Cheers.

Dr Kim Burton
Editor, Clinical Biomechanics,
30 Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 2SP, UK
Voice: +44 1484 535200

The one source of anthropometric measurements that I am aware of is:
Anthropometry of infants, children, and youths to age 18 for product safety
Final Report May 31, 1977
Snyder, R.G., Schneider, L.W., Owings, C.L., Reynolds, H.M., Golomb, D.H.,
& Schork, M.A. prepared for: Consumer Product Safety Commission

Doreen M. Espinoza
Graduate Student
Department of Physical Education & Exercise Science
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823

Maybe the book of one of my colleagues is useful for you; the reference
is: Steenbekkers,LPA, Child development, design implications and accident
prevention. Delft University Press,1993. The faxnumber of the publisher
is: +31-15-2781661. She describes the result of the measurements of the
anthropometry of 2400 children from 0-13 years of age.
Two others book were published in 1975 and 1977 by The Society of
Automotive Engineering,Detroit,Michigan,USA and written by RG Snyder et al.
The title of the first book is : Anthropometry of US infants and
The title of the first book is: Anthropometry of infants and youth to age
18 for product design. SP450.
These data are also free accessible on the URL of the US Consumer Product
Safety Commission:
You can also use the book of the late Stephen Pheasant "Body Space",
First(1986) or Second Edition, Taylor and Francis 1996;
The book Childata, Handbook of Child Measurement and Capabilities from the
Consumer Safety Unit from the Department of Trade and industry London phone
+44-(0)171 215 3474. Authors Beverley Norris and John Wilson fromm the
University of Nottingham, contents data of (among others) Snyder and
Steenbekkers and is I think also freely distributed because it is supported
by the EC.
You could also use the software People Size from Friendly Systems
Loughborough UK tel/fax +44-509-218 333 (Jane Robertson)
with kind regards
Johan Molenbroek
Johan Molenbroek, PhD
Associate Professor Engineering Anthropometry
Acting Chair Subdepartment Physical Ergonomics
Faculty Design Engineering and Production
Delft University of Technology
Jaffalaan 9 2628 BX Delft The Netherlands
tel +31 15 278 3086 fax +31 15 278 7179/7316
e-mail j.f.m.molenbroek@io.tudelft.nl

Sandy Ressler at NIST has a comprehensive database. Try him at
Also, the Henry Dreyfus Associates "Measure of Man" book has some good
summary statistics, including seated posture measurements.
Hope this helps -
* Mike Young

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Michael Young myoung@transom.com
Transom Technologies, Inc. http://www.transom.com
201 S. Main St, Ste. 1000 Phone: 313.761.6001
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 USA Fax: 313.761.7003
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I have collated anthropometric and strength data on children, around 180
dimensions, mainly from US , UK and Netherlands. (One of the main sources
we used was Snyder's 1977 data, published by Univ of Michigan/CPSC, with
which you may be familiar). Our publication is called 'Childata', and is
very kindly supplied free of charge by the UK government (Department of
Trade and Industry) who published it to provide UK industry with the data.
If you would like a copy I can mail you one, no cost, if you send me your
postal address.
Best wishes,

Beverley Norris