Sports science & Performance

Professional body composition monitors have a wide range of applications within sports science. Information on the body composition of athletes provides many insights, such as the effects of training programmes, identification of individual characteristics critical to sports performance and management of weight strategies for sports with a weight category. The professional scales from TANITA feature Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA). This is a medically recognised technology and highly accurate in mapping and monitoring an athlete's physical condition.

How BIA technology can help athletes get to the top

Professionals from the entire field of sports science can use BIA to improve their current approach and gain more insight into (the physical condition of) their athletes. We understand that as a sports scientist or coach of a professional athlete, you face challenges. You never really have enough time with your athletes, it is difficult to get relevant data and you always have to make sure that your decisions are well founded. By thoroughly monitoring, analysing and improving performance, it is possible to get the most out of your athletes. TANITA's BIA technology can be an essential tool in this process. Within 30 seconds, the sports coach has an accurate analysis of the physical condition of the athletes, which can then be used to create targeted and personalised plans. 

Also suitable for young talents 

With TANITA BIA technology, you are also able to measure the health of children and young adults. The technology is therefore also suited for talent coaching. With the accurate and professional insights, young talents can be helped at an early stage of their career with, among other things, their muscle development and the right nutrition.

Do you want more information? Then download our practical guide 

How accurate is TANITA BIA technology?

Our BIA monitors offer accuracy, precision and scientifically validated quality. TANITA body analysis scales are considered by the scientific community to be the gold standard, something we intend to continue by investing in new research in the areas of health and sports performance. For example, we have developed the 4C method, which allows you to measure body fat, protein, bone mass and body water levels accurately and precisely.

All measurements

  • Weight
  • BMI
  • Body fat mass
  • Body fat percentage
  • Visceral fat
  • Total Body water
  • Intracellular and Extracellular water*
  • Muscle mass
  • Skeletal muscle mass

  • BMR
  • Metabolic age
  • Body type
  • Bone mineral mass
  • Segmental body composition *
  • Muscle mass balance *
  • Leg muscle score *
  • Sarcopenia index *
  • Phase angle *

*  These measurements are only available on some models. Want to know more? Take a look at the extensive professional product guide. 

The benefits of BIA for sports scientists and coaches

BIA technology empowers different professionals from an athlete's coaching team to access data relevant to their discipline and further personalise their coaching.

Strength & conditioning coaches

Applications of BIA

  • Measurement of muscle mass and phase angle per body part (segmental).
  • Monitor hydration and muscle changes to achieve optimal periodisation.
  • Pre/Post training hydration checks.
  • Monitor stress and overload effects of training and competition, including overtraining syndrome.
  • Create and monitor optimal fat mass/fat free mass ratios for athletes in different disciplines.
  • Track youth team physical development

Outcomes for coaches

  • Personalise & adapt training sessions to the individual athlete needs.
  • More effective planning and periodisation through analysis of adaptations.
  • Detailed athlete ‘mapping’ on an individual basis, make it specific to their needs and build a profile.
  • Tangible data for impact of specific sessions e.g. hypertrophy.
  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of your interventions.

Outcomes for the athlete 

  • More appropriate training to their needs as an individual.
  • Increased engagement and motivation.
  • Decreased injury risk.
  • Improved performance


Applications of BIA 

  • Pre-assessment of athletes to check for biomechanical inefficiencies.
  • Prehabilitation and Injury prevention checks – monitor segmental muscle balance and phase angle to help prevent injuries.
  • Rehabilitation tool – muscle mass returning to pre-injury levels.
  • Monitor ECW post trauma injury.
  • Ability to monitor the physiological impact different injuries have on individual athletes.

Outcomes for Physiotherapists:

  • Increased understanding of the physiology of all athletes.
  • Tangible data to monitor rehabilitation from injury.
  • Personalised injury ‘mapping’ for each athlete. Flag injury potential before it happens.
  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of your interventions.

Outcomes for the Athlete:

  • Faster return from injury.
  • Safer return from injury. 
  • Individualised prehabilitation and recovery strategies, improve performance and prolong career.
  • Better understanding of their bodies leading to greater engagement in prehab and recovery protocols.

Dieticians & Nutritionists

Applications of BIA 

  • Track effectiveness of nutritional programmes on an individual level.
  • Monitor hydration pre & post training, including competition on an individual level.
  • Monitor the impact of supplements on fluid balance and body composition.
  • Monitor changes to body composition following dietary adaptations – e.g. vegan.
  • Greater impact on the athlete by providing regular feedback.
  • Encouraging them to ‘buy in’ to the required lifestyle adaptations that help improve performance.

Outcomes for the Sports Nutritionist:

  • Build individual nutrition guidelines for each athlete based on their needs.
  • Track more than changes in weight.
  • Ability to monitor the impact of dietary alterations on an individual level.
  • Provide detailed feedback to athletes.

Outcomes for the athlete:

  • Increased engagement from detailed feedback.
  • Improved performance.
  • Healthier and improved energy systems.
  • Prolonged career.

Wish to know more about how TANITA technology can help your athletes? Download our Practical Guide to the application of BIA with athletes or contact us!