PERCEPTUAL AND MOTOR SKILLS, vol.108, no.1, pp.129-136, 2009 (SSCI)
This study compared the physical fitness of 28 visually impaired goalball players (M = 13 yr.) and a group of 27 less active age-matched adolescents. Physical characteristics (age, height, weight, sex) and visual acuity of the children were recorded. Body composition (Body Mass Index, skinfold thickness of triceps plus calf), musculoskeletal function (trunk-lift, curl-up, isometric push-up, shoulder-stretch tests) and aerobic function (l -mile run/walk test) were evaluated according to the Brockport Physical Fitness Test Battery. Also, anaerobic power was assessed by a vertical jump test. Physical fitness of visually impaired goalball players was higher than that of the more sedentary group (p < .05). It was considered that directing visually impaired children to participation sports or recreational activities such as goalball has importance in improving their physical fitness.