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Bolger, LA; Bolger, LE; O'Neill, C; Coughlan, E; Lacey, S; O'Brien, W; Burns, C
2019
January
Research Quarterly For Exercise and Sport
Fundamental Movement Skill Proficiency and Health Among a Cohort of Irish Primary School Children
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WOS: 1 ()
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BODY-MASS INDEX PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY ADOLESCENTS COMPETENCE EDUCATION FITNESS QUALITY WEIGHT
90
24
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Purpose: This study aimed to investigate the relationship between fundamental movement skills (FMS) and markers of health among a cohort of Irish primary school children. Methods: Participants (N =296, mean age: 7.99 +/- 2.02years) were senior infant (n =149, mean age: 6.02 +/- 0.39years) and 4th class (n =147, mean age: 9.97 +/- 0.40years) students from three primary schools in Cork, Ireland. FMS proficiency (TGMD-2) and markers of health (BMI percentile, waist circumference percentile, blood pressure percentiles, resting heart rate, cardiorespiratory fitness, objectively measured physical activity; PA) measurements were recorded. Correlation and hierarchical stepwise multiple linear regression analyses were conducted to investigate the relationship between FMS and markers of health. Results: A small, positive relationship was found between FMS (Gross Motor Quotient; GMQ) and cardiorespiratory fitness with small negative correlations between GMQ and 550 m time SDS among 6-year-olds (r(129)=-.286, p <.05) and 10-year-olds (r(132)=-.340, p <.05). A moderate, positive correlation was found between GMQ and light PA (r(71)=.400, p <.05). Small positive correlations were revealed between GMQ and moderate PA (r(71)=.259, p <.05) and between GMQ and total PA (r(71)=.355, p <.05). After adjusting for age, sex, the interaction effect of age and sex, and school attended, FMS explained 15.9% and 24.8% of the variance in 550 m time SDS among 6- and 10-year-olds, respectively, and 6% and 6.5% of the variance in light PA and moderate PA, respectively. After adjusting for age and sex, FMS explained 11.6% of the variance in total PA. Conclusion: A wide range of FMS is important for children's cardiorespiratory fitness and PA.
ABINGDON
0270-1367
10.1080/02701367.2018.1563271
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