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Relationships between Motor Competence, Physical Activity, and Obesity in British Preschool Aged Children

Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences, Coventry University, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK
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J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2018, 3(4), 57; https://doi.org/10.3390/jfmk3040057
Received: 24 October 2018 / Revised: 18 November 2018 / Accepted: 19 November 2018 / Published: 21 November 2018
Background: This cross-sectional study aimed to examine associations between motor competence, physical activity, and obesity in British children aged three to five years. Method: Motor competence (MC) was assessed using the Test of Gross Motor Development-2. Physical activity (PA) was assessed using triaxial wrist-worn accelerometers. Children were assessed on compliance to current PA recommendations of ≥180 min of total PA (TPA) and ≥60 min of moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) for health benefits. Associations were explored with Pearson’s product moments and weight-status, and sex-differences were explored with independent t-tests and chi-squared analysis. Results: A total of 166 children (55% males; 4.28 ± 0.74 years) completed MC and PA assessments. Associations were found between PA and MC (TPA and overall MC, TPA and object-control MC (OC), MVPA and overall MC, and MVPA and OC). This study suggests that good motor competence is an important correlate of children meeting physical activity guidelines for health. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity; motor competence; preschool; children; obesity; MVPA physical activity; motor competence; preschool; children; obesity; MVPA
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Hall, C.J.S.; Eyre, E.L.J.; Oxford, S.W.; Duncan, M.J. Relationships between Motor Competence, Physical Activity, and Obesity in British Preschool Aged Children. J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2018, 3, 57.

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