Relationships between motor competence, physical activity, and obesity in British preschool aged children

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This cross-sectional study aimed to examine associations between motor competence, physical activity, and obesity in British children aged three to five years.

Motor competence (MC) was assessed using the Test of Gross Motor Development-2. Physical activity (PA) was assessed using triaxial wrist-worn accelerometers. Children were assessed on compliance to current PA recommendations of ≥180 min of total PA (TPA) and ≥60 min of moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) for health benefits. Associations were explored with Pearson’s product moments and weight-status, and sex-differences were explored with independent t-tests and chi-squared analysis.

A total of 166 children (55% males; 4.28 ± 0.74 years) completed MC and PA assessments. Associations were found between PA and MC (TPA and overall MC, TPA and object-control MC (OC), MVPA and overall MC, and MVPA and OC). This study suggests that good motor competence is an important correlate of children meeting physical activity guidelines for health.


Original languageEnglish
Article number57
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2018


  • physical activity, motor competence, preschool, children, obesity, MVPA