Fundamental movement skills and habitual physical activity in young children

John J Reilly, Abigail Fisher, L.A. Kelly, C. Montgomery, A. Williamson, J.Y. Paton, S. Grant

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Abstract

To test for relationships between objectively measured habitual physical activity and fundamental movement skills in a relatively large and representative sample of preschool children. Physical activity was measured over 6 d using the Computer Science and Applications (CSA) accelerometer in 394 boys and girls (mean age 4.2, SD 0.5 yr). Children were scored on 15 fundamental movement skills, based on the Movement Assessment Battery, by a single observer.
Total physical activity (r = 0.10, P < 0.05) and percent time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) (r = 0.18, P < 0.001) were significantly correlated with total movement skills score. Time spent in light-intensity physical activity was not significantly correlated with motor skills score (r = 0.02, P > 0.05). In this sample and setting, fundamental movement skills were significantly associated with habitual physical activity, but the association between the two variables was weak. The present study questions whether the widely assumed relationships between motor skills and habitual physical activity actually exist in young children.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)684-688
Number of pages5
JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005

Keywords

  • pediatric obesity
  • childhood obesity
  • physical activity

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