Exploration of the validity of the formulas used to calculate fat percentage versus x-ray absorptiometry in paralympic athletes with lower limb amputations.

Project: Research Project

Project Details


Paralympic sport in Colombia has been strengthened; in recent years the participation of these athletes in national and international games has increased. In 2016 at the Rio Games, Colombia managed to increase its ranking from 61st to 37th position by winning 2 gold medals, 5 silver medals and 10 bronze medals. In 2019 at the Lima Games, Colombia will be in the top 10 positions, winning a total of 133 medals. These results mean that coaches and physiotherapists will have to work towards the performance of these athletes. Body composition is one of the components of fitness, being an important determinant of sporting performance. This characteristic is measured using plicometry and subsequent skinfold summation, a method that is valid for conventional athletes. However, this method is not validated for Paralympic sport or amputees.

Therefore, it is important to develop valid methods that guarantee a real approach to the body composition of each athlete. However, very few protocols exist worldwide for the anthropometric measurement of amputee athletes. Different authors have developed various anthropometric measurements, in accordance with the standards based on: The International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK) and Athletics Classification Rules and Regulations (IPC).


Anthropometry, Paralympic sport, body fat percentage, adipometry
Effective start/end date4/5/217/21/23

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Main Funding Source

  • Seed Capital


  • Bogotá D.C.


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