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Motor Competence in Adolescents: Exploring Association with Physical Fitness

Motor Competence in Adolescents: Exploring Association with Physical Fitness

Title: Motor Competence in Adolescents: Exploring Association with Physical Fitness
Author: Gísladóttir, Þórdís Lilja
Haga, Monika   orcid.org/0000-0002-3198-4351
Sigmundsson, Hermundur   orcid.org/0000-0003-2333-5711
Date: 2019-07-20
Language: English
Scope: 176
University/Institute: Háskólinn í Reykjavík
Reykjavik University
Háskóli Íslands
University of Iceland
School: Tækni- og verkfræðideild (HR)
School of Science and Engineering (RU)
Menntavísindasvið (HÍ)
School of Education (UI)
Department: Rannsóknarstofa í íþrótta- og heilsufræði (HÍ)
Research Centre for Sport and Health Science (UI)
Series: Sports;7(7)
ISSN: 2075-4663 (eISSN)
DOI: 10.3390/sports7070176
Subject: Physical fitness; Motor competence; Adolesents; Hreyfifærni; Líkamsrækt; Hreyfing (heilsurækt); Samkeppni; Unglingar; Íþróttafræði; Sport Science; ; ; Motor Skills
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/1724

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Gisladottir, T., Haga, M., & Sigmundsson, H. (2019). Motor Competence in Adolescents: Exploring Association with Physical Fitness. Sports, 7(7), 176. https://doi.org/10.3390/sports7070176


The purpose of this study was twofold: First, to examine the correlation between adolescents' performance on the Movement Assessment Battery for Children -2 (MABC-2) and the Test of Motor Competence (TMC), and second, to interpret the correlation between performance on physical fitness measures and motor competence. This study had a cross-sectional design, in which 101 adolescents age 15-16 years were recruited. The participants were assessed with the MABC-2 (eight tasks), the TMC (four tasks) and physical fitness measures (four tasks). Ninety-four participants completed all the test items (51% male). The correlation between the standard score of the MABC-2 and TMC total score was found to be moderate (r = -0.418). A weak correlation was found between MABC-2 and total score of physical fitness (r = 0.278), while the correlation between TMC and physical fitness was a little stronger (r = 0.361). However, when removing one measure from the TMC (the walking/running in slopes), the correlation was weak and not significant (r = 0.109). The results suggest that different test batteries can cause discrepancy in the results regarding correlation between motor competence and physical fitness in adolescents.


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