Objective: The aim of the present study was to compare 3 months percent body fat (PBF) and body mass index (BMI) in children with severe visual impairment enrolled in goalball and movement education.
Methods: Participants were 24 boys and 22 girls with visual impairment, 10–15 years of age (M = 12.5 years, SD = 1.5). Skin-fold measurements were performed on the right side of the body by using Holtain calipers.
Results: Both BMI and PBF reduced in boy and girl goalball players. PBF reduced in both boys and girls of movement education group; BMI increased in boys and decreased in girls. In
girls, reduction in PBF was higher in goalball group than in movement education group.
Conclusions: Maturation confounds these data but movement education in especially boys
and goalball in especially girls may contribute physical and/or motor fitness.