The longitudinal relationship between motor competence and measures of fatness and fitness from childhood into adolescence

Rodrigo Antunes Lima, Anna Bugge, Annette K. Ersbøll, David F. Stodden, Lars B. Andersen
2019 Jornal de Pediatria (Versão em Português)  
Objectives: To examine longitudinal (seven years) relationships among cardiorespiratory fitness (VO 2peak ), body fatness, and motor competence. Method: Data were collected as part of the Copenhagen School Child Intervention Study (CoS-CIS). Body fatness was assessed by the sum of four skinfolds. VO 2peak was measured directly in a continuous running protocol. Motor competence was assessed using the Körperkoordinationtest für Kinder. This study used multilevel linear mixed models to evaluate
more » ... reciprocal longitudinal association between body fatness, VO 2peak , and motor competence. All regressions were stratified by sex and adjusted by intervention and pubertal status. All variable coefficients were standardized. Results: A reciprocal relationship was observed between children's motor competence with body fatness and VO 2peak at the seven-year follow-up (6---13 years of age). Children with higher motor competence at baseline had a lower risk of having higher body fatness (ˇb oys = −0.45, 95% CI: −0.52 to −0.38; ˇgirls = −0.35, 95% CI: −0.42 to −0.28) and higher VO 2peak (ˇb oys = 0.34, 95% CI: 0.27---0.40; ˇgirls = 0.27, 95% CI: 0.20---0.33) during childhood. Alternatively, higher body fatness or lower levels of VO 2peak at baseline were associated with lower motor competence during childhood.
doi:10.1016/j.jpedp.2018.06.007 fatcat:xt7npjlflba7ba5etakek5rwda