Motor skills matter to physical activity – at least for children

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Ang Chen, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Physical activity (PA) is an effective means of curbing the prevalence of child obesity, andfundamental skills are hypothesized to be an important factor that determines physically active orinactive behavior in children.1 Research evidence suggests that adolescents and young adultswith proficient motor skills in sport-related activities are more likely to have a physically activelifestyle.1 Because physically active lifestyles start at a young age and track into adulthood,2 thequestion arises: how young should we start to teach motor skills to children to foster physicallyactive behavior? Built on previous research work, the study by Robinson et al.3 investigated thepredictive power of motor skill competence and perceived physical competence for school dayPA in pre-school children.

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Journal of Sport and Health Science, 2(1), 58-59
Language: English
Date: 2013
physical activity, motor skills, children

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