USMC Body Composition Program – Self-Tensioning Taping Device Usage

USMC Body Composition Program – Self-Tensioning Taping Device Usage


Using the self-tensioning taping devices. If a Marine requires taping, circumferences
will be measured using a self-tensioning taping device. Either digital or nondigital for those who
require body fat estimation. Examples of these devices can be found at
http://fitness.usmc.mil Taping directions for both male and female Marines can be found
in Marine Corps Order 6110.3, Marine Corps body composition program. Taping Male Marines. A confirmation height, weight measurement
will be performed prior to conducting the evaluation. Body composition will be estimated using the
circumference-based method. No substitute body composition evaluation
methods are permitted. All measurements will be taken on bare skin. The only exception being the female hip measurement. Using the self-tensioning device, the evaluator
will measure Marines at the gender-specific sites. The evaluator will measure Marines by standing
to the right of the Marine being measured. Pull the end of the tape around the body part
being measured. Place the rod at the end of the tape into
the circular slot. Press the button in the center and let the
tape retract to a snug fit. Read and record your measurement on the outer
edge of the tape measure, or as indicated with the digital model. Measurements for male Marines will be taken
along the neck and abdominal circumference at the navel. Measure the neck’s circumference by placing
the curved portion of the self-tensioning device on the right neck muscle, so that the
taping device conforms to the natural curvature of the neck muscle. The tape will cross the bottom of the larynx,
and perpendicular to the long axis of the neck. The Marine should look straight ahead during
the measurement with shoulders down, not hunched. For neck measurements, round up to the nearest
half inch and record. Measure the abdominal circumference by placing
the curved portion of the self-tensioning taping device on the right side of the Marine’s
abdomen. The tape will cross the center of the navel
and be parallel to the deck. Arms will be straight and relaxed at the sides. Take measurement at the end of the Marine’s
normal, relaxed exhalation. For abdominal measurements, round down to
the nearest half inch and record. The circumference value is calculated by subtracting
the neck from the abdominal measurement. Male body fat percentages can be derived utilizing
the enclosure in the Marine Corps order.

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