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Sports psychologist weighs in on AFL’s skinfold ‘ban’

Gareth Parker
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Sports psychologist Dr Noel Blundell says there’s “no way in the world” skinfold tests can be considered “fat-shaming” as long as they’re done respectfully.

Skinfold tests measure the amount of body fat using callipers on various points on the body.

The AFL want to phase out the measurement being conducted on potential draftees out of fears of body-shaming.

But Dr Noel Blundell said it depends how the message is delivered.

“If protocols are followed there’s no way in the world it’s fat-shaming,” he told Gareth Parker on 6PR Breakfast.

“And I think we have to be very careful in terms of testing … and is the athlete respected appropriately.

“But skinfold testing has been around for along time, and conducted with discretion and respect for the athlete.

“There’s no way in the world it’s fat-shaming.”

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Gareth Parker
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