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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000006
Research Article

Motor Competence and Physical Fitness in Adolescents

Gísladóttir, Þórdís MS; Haga, Monika PhD; Sigmundsson, Hermundur PhD

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Abstract

Purpose:

In this study we examined the relationship between physical fitness and motor competence in adolescents aged 15 to 16 years.

Methods:

A sample of 94 adolescents participated in the study. To test motor competence, the Movement Assessment Battery for Children-2 was used. Physical fitness was assessed using the following test items: standing broad jump, 20-m dash, reduced Cooper test, and sit-and-reach test.

Results:

The results revealed a significant but weak relationship (0.248) between motor competence and physical fitness for the whole sample. More specifically, the correlation between the 2 variables was significant for girls (0.353) but not for boys (0.248).

Conclusions:

The relatively weak relationship between motor competence and physical fitness suggests that motor competence might not be critical in adolescents to maintain their physical fitness.

© 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association

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