Prediction of habitual physical activity level and weight status from fundamental movement skill level

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Bryant, E., James, R., Birch, S. and Duncan, M. 2014. Prediction of habitual physical activity level and weight status from fundamental movement skill level. Journal of Sports Sciences. 32 (19), pp. 1775-1782. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2014.918644
TypeArticle
TitlePrediction of habitual physical activity level and weight status from fundamental movement skill level
AuthorsBryant, E., James, R., Birch, S. and Duncan, M.
Abstract

Fundamental movement skills (FMS) have been assessed in children in order to investigate the issues of the low proportion of children who meet physical activity (PA) guidelines and rising levels of obesity. The aim of this research was to identify whether previous or current FMS level is a better predictor of PA levels and weight status in children. In January 2012 (year 1), 281 children were recruited from one primary school in the West Midlands, UK. Children performed eight FMS three times, which were videoed and assessed using a subjective checklist. Sprint speed and jump height were measured objectively. Height and mass were measured to calculate the body mass index to determine the weight status. Skinfold calliper readings were used to calculate body fat percentage. One year later, in January 2013, all these tests were repeated on the same children, with the additional collection of PA data via the use of pedometers. Following multiple linear regression, it was identified that prior mastery in FMS was a better predictor of current PA, whereas current FMS was a better predictor of current weight status. Overall, FMS mastery is needed in childhood to be able to participate in PA and maintain a healthy weight status.

Research GroupPhysiology at the London Sport Institute
PublisherTaylor and Francis
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
ISSN0264-0414
Electronic1466-447X
Publication dates
Online19 May 2014
Print26 Nov 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited30 Apr 2015
Accepted23 Apr 2014
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2014.918644
LanguageEnglish
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