The relationship between children’s motor proficiency and health-related fitness

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Aim: To examine the relationship between motor proficiency and health-related fitness in children and to determine if particular combinations of motor skills have a stronger relationship with individual health-related fitness measures.Design: Prospective cohort study.Methods: Seventy-seven children (F:28, M:49) (Mean Age: 11.19 ± 2.74yr) participated. Physical measures included: Bruininks-Oseretsky-Test-of-Motor-Proficiency, 2nd Edition (BOT2), Body-Mass-Index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), blood pressure (BP), heart rate (HR), VO2peak (mL/kg/min). Results: Motor proficiency, had a strong negative predictive relationship with the health-related fitness measures of BMI (r2 = 0.62, p < 0.001) and WC (r2 = 0.72, p < 0.001) and a strong positive relationship with VO2peak (r2 = 0.78, p = 0.002). Children with lower motor proficiency (≤25th percentile) had significantly larger mean WC (M = 13.85cm, p = 0.01), heavier weight (M = 22.17kg, p = 0.02) and higher BMI (M = 5.10 kg/m2, p=0.03) than children with higher motor proficiency (≤ 75th percentile). Strength and Running Speed and Agility were the strongest contributors to the relationship between motor proficiency and WC, BMI and cardiorespiratory fitness (VO2 peak).Conclusions: Motor proficiency, after controlling for age and gender is negatively associated with health-related measures including resting BP, weight, BMI and WC and is positively associated with VO2peak. Key Practice Points: •Motor proficiency, should be considered a focus for investigation for children with poor health-related fitness (e.g. high BMI and WC percentiles or low cardiorespiratory fitness), as gross motor incompetence could be an underlying contributing factor to a child’s poor physical health.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017
EventAPA National Physiotherapy Conference MOMENTUM 2017 - Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 19 Oct 201721 Oct 2017


ConferenceAPA National Physiotherapy Conference MOMENTUM 2017
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