06 September 2016
Analysis of the body composition of Paralympic athletes: Comparison of two methods.
The ECSS Journal (EJSS, European Journal of Sport Science) published a new article examining the best methods to measure body composition on paralympic athletes.
The study objectives were to describe the body composition of participants in three distinct Paralympic sports and to compare the values of body density and estimated body fat obtained from the Paralympic athletes on the National Team by air-displacement plethysmography (ADP) and by the anthropometric method (skinfolds (SFs).
The sample consisted of 70 volunteers of both genders which were all evaluated both with the BOD POD and with skinfold calipers.
The study demonstrated that "body composition analyses of Paralympic athletes by the ADP and SF methods had similar results" and that "ADP should be used as the first option when available".
The article details are the following:
- Title: "Analysis of the body composition of Paralympic athletes: Comparison of two methods"
- Authors: Lemos VA, Alves ED, Schwingel PA, Rosa JP, Silva AD, Winckler C, Vital R, de Almeida AA, Tufik S, de Mello MT
- Published in:Eur J Sport Sci. 2016 Jul 13:1-10.
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