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Child Care Health Dev. 2008 May;34(3):329-34. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2008.00814.x.

The relationship between physical fitness and motor competence in children.

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Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Education and Social Work, Sør-Trøndelag University College, Trondheim, Norway. monika.haga@hist.no

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This study examined the relationship between physical fitness and motor competence in children aged 9-10 years.

METHODS:

A sample of 67 children (mean age 9.7, SD 0.3 year) participated in the study. To assess motor competence, each child completed the Movement Assessment Battery for Children. Physical fitness was measured by the Test of Physical Fitness, comprising nine different tasks including running, jumping, throwing and climbing.

RESULTS:

The results show a strong and significant correlation between motor competence and physical fitness within the sample.

CONCLUSIONS:

These results are relevant to the work of maintaining and developing both sufficient physical fitness and motor competence in children as these factors are important contributors to their health and well-being.

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