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Studies on the anthropometric, physical and physiological characteristics among Malaysian Paralympic powerlifters are limited. This study examined the sociodemographic, clinical information and anthropometric physical parameters of Paralympic powerlifters in Malaysia.
A cross-sectional study was conducted during a Powerlifting Workshop and National Championship in 2016. A structured questionnaire was used to collect data on athlete’s sociodemographic, sports participation history and medical information. All participants underwent a structured physical medical examination and anthropometric assessments.
Fifty-two powerlifters took part in this study. Mean age of participants was 24.50±SD8.25 year. Majority of participants were men (82.7%) and most had spinal cord injury (34.6%) or amputation of the lower limb (26.9%). Most powerlifters competed at district and state level championships and 42.3% had represented Malaysia at international competitions. Women powerlifters had a significantly higher amount of body fat compared to men (35.61% vs 19.80%; p=0.003). Men power-lifters had significantly longer arm and forearm length (30.10±IQR3.00 cm vs 23.00±IQR2.13 cm; p=0.020).
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