by Matthew Mundorf
ESPN just released "The Body". Here's my take on the requirements of different athletic domains, and how it shapes professional athletes bodies.
“ESPN the Body Issue”
If you don’t know what the ESPN Body issue is, and you respect professional athletes for their hard work and dedication, I highly recommend you check it out. Every year dating back to 2009, ESPN features athletes (some well-known, and others you maybe haven’t heard of) and spotlights their bodies and how the requirements of their sport or position in that sport have shaped their bodies in to what they are presently.
ESPN has done an awesome job of featuring athletes of all shapes, sizes, colors, genders, and sexual orientations. Without discriminating against a human being of any kind.
Check it out for yourself @ http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/27400369/the-body-issue
In my opinion, it is very cool to see elite level athletes and what their bodies look like without protective equipment (ie shoulder pads), a uniform or any other attire hiding it. I think the best part about this issue is seeing the difference in build and muscle structure between athletes from different sports that can be considered some of the best at what they do. The purpose of this blog post is to look at and dissect the human body and its anatomical make-up as it relates to given sports. I recommend picking up an issue or going to ESPN.com and browsing through the pictures on their site, and follow along with my list.
In the 2019 issue on ESPN.com, this years athletes include:
In previous issues, we’ve seen Men’s and Women’s athletes from the following sports: Tennis, Hockey, Figure Skating, Track & Field, Softball, Wrestling, Mixed Martial Arts, Skiing (freestyle and cross country), Swimming, Motocross, Fencing, Volleyball, Rugby, Wake Boarding, Golf, Surfing, Soccer, Bowling, and Badminton….I’m sure I missed a few.
I will focus on this years issue, because there is just too much to talk about if we go all the way back. Going in order of how the athletes are presented by ESPN, I will talk about each athlete and their bodies. I will discuss anything that makes sense as to their build and body structure as well as anything I find unique. If I know more about a particular sport/position within that sport, I may spend more time there, but I ensure you it is not to show favoritism.
If you read this start to finish, I hope you have enjoyed it. The purpose was for nothing more than to dissect anatomical design of professional athletes that were featured in the ESPN Body issue. Hope you enjoyed. If you have a different opinion than my own, please voice it in the comments.