Physical activity (PA) is associated with disease prevention and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is expected that individuals with higher levels of Fundamental Motors Skills (FMS) would be more physically active. The lack of PA is currently a global problem for it has caused 1.9 million deaths. Furthermore, only 33.8% of the population in Puerto Rico meets the current PA guidelines, thus placing in the top position with the lowest percentage among all the states and territories of the United States.
PURPOSE: To investigate the relationship between PA and FMS in college- age students in Puerto Rico.
METHODOLOGY: Participants were 91 college-age students that completed the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) and used the Walk 4 Life Pedometer for 7 days. Also completed a series of motor skills tests: running 60 meters, overhand throw, and horizontal jump. A Spearman correlations analysis was used to identify relationships between variables.
RESULTS: The results showed that students did not fulfill the current PA recommendation assessed by pedometer (6,546.6 steps/day + 3234). Nevertheless, according to IPAQ, the population obtained a moderate/vigorous PA (5,499 METS + 6993), and engaged an average of 285 min/day of sedentary time in their most active day. Total FMS score averaged was 19.4±4.38. PA (step/day) and METS were not correlated with FMS (r2= .034, p= .75) and (r2= .124, p= .24). PA (METS) was significantly correlated with overhand throw (r2= .255, P= .02).
CONCLUSION: In conclusion, the participants did not comply with the total amount of daily steps recommended for PA and did not reach the expected level of FMS.