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Motor Competence in Adolescents: Exploring Association with Physical Fitness

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Center for Health and Sport Science, School of Education, University of Iceland, 105 Reykjavik, Iceland
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Department of Teacher Education, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Department of Psychology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Sport Science Department, Reykjavik University, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland
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Sports 2019, 7(7), 176; https://doi.org/10.3390/sports7070176
Received: 17 January 2019 / Revised: 2 May 2019 / Accepted: 16 July 2019 / Published: 20 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Motor Competence in a Life Span Perspective)
The purpose of this study was twofold: First, to examine the correlation between adolescents’ performance on the Movement Assessment Battery for Children -2 (MABC-2) and the Test of Motor Competence (TMC), and second, to interpret the correlation between performance on physical fitness measures and motor competence. This study had a cross-sectional design, in which 101 adolescents age 15–16 years were recruited. The participants were assessed with the MABC-2 (eight tasks), the TMC (four tasks) and physical fitness measures (four tasks). Ninety-four participants completed all the test items (51% male). The correlation between the standard score of the MABC-2 and TMC total score was found to be moderate (r = −0.418). A weak correlation was found between MABC-2 and total score of physical fitness (r = 0.278), while the correlation between TMC and physical fitness was a little stronger (r = 0.361). However, when removing one measure from the TMC (the walking/running in slopes), the correlation was weak and not significant (r = 0.109). The results suggest that different test batteries can cause discrepancy in the results regarding correlation between motor competence and physical fitness in adolescents. View Full-Text
Keywords: motor skills; physical fitness; motor competence; adolescents motor skills; physical fitness; motor competence; adolescents
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Gísladóttir, T.; Haga, M.; Sigmundsson, H. Motor Competence in Adolescents: Exploring Association with Physical Fitness. Sports 2019, 7, 176.

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