Inter-Relationships among Physical Activity, Body Fat, and Motor Performance in 6- to 8-Year-Old Danish Children

Kyle M. Morrison, Anna Bugge, Bianca El-Naaman, Joey C. Eisenmann, Karsten Froberg, Karin A. Pfeiffer, Lars Bo Andersen
2012 Pediatric Exercise Science  
This study examined the interrelationships among physical activity (PA), percent body fat (%BF), and motor performance (MP) in 498 6-to 8-year-old Danish children. PA was assessed by accelerometer, %BF was calculated from skinfolds, and the Koordinations Test für Kinder along with a throwing accuracy test was used to assess MP. PA was not correlated with %BF, but was significantly correlated with MP. The strongest correlations existed between %BF and MP. Low %BF/ High PA had higher MP scores
more » ... higher MP scores compared with High %BF/Low PA, and within the High %BF groups MP was higher in the High PA versus Low PA group. When comparing PA by %BF and MP groups, boys in the Low %BF/High MP had higher PA than both the Low %BF/Low MP and High %BF/Low MP groups. In girls, PA was highest in the High %BF/High MP group. This study highlights the complex interrelationships among PA, %BF, and MP in children and the need to develop fundamental motor skills during childhood.
doi:10.1123/pes.24.2.199 pmid:22728412 fatcat:qil65sedxvcodadzmhdrkthrbq