Sport practice and corporal adiposity in university students

Javier Molina-García

Isabel Castillo Fernández

Carlos Pablos Abella

Ana Queralt Blasco

*Corresponding author: Javier Molina-García

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Molina-García, J., Castillo Fernández, I., Pablos Abella, C., & Queralt Blasco, A. (2007). Sport practice and corporal adiposity in university students. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 89, 23-30.



The purpose of this study has been to analyze the practice of sport and the corporal adiposity by means of the estimation of the body mass index (BMI) and the percent fat mass (PFM) in university students. The sample consists of 121 subjects (72 men and 49 women) of the Universitat de València with an average age of 20.46 years (? 2.58). The results show that men practise more sport than women (p < .001). In addition women have a PFM greater than men (p < .001), whereas the BMI is similar. The sport practice has not significant effects on the IMC either in men or women. On the other hand the sport practice does not influence on the PFM in men, whereas women who practise sport have a smaller PFM (p < .02).

Keywords: Body Mass Index (BMI), Percent Fat Mass (PFM), Sport, University Students.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Published: July 1, 2007