Childhood motor skill proficiency as a predictor of adolescent physical activity

Barnett, Lisa, Van Beurden, Eric, Morgan, Philip J., Brooks, Lyndon O. and Beard, John R. 2009, Childhood motor skill proficiency as a predictor of adolescent physical activity, Journal of adolescent health, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 252-259.

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Title Childhood motor skill proficiency as a predictor of adolescent physical activity
Author(s) Barnett, Lisa
Van Beurden, Eric
Morgan, Philip J.
Brooks, Lyndon O.
Beard, John R.
Journal name Journal of adolescent health
Volume number 44
Issue number 3
Start page 252
End page 259
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2009-03
ISSN 1054-139x
1879-1972
Keyword(s) motor skill
fundamental movement skill
physical activity
organized physical activity
adolescent
child
longitudinal
Summary Purpose
Cross-sectional evidence has demonstrated the importance of motor skill proficiency to physical activity participation, but it is unknown whether skill proficiency predicts subsequent physical activity.

Methods
In 2000, children's proficiency in object control (kick, catch, throw) and locomotor (hop, side gallop, vertical jump) skills were assessed in a school intervention. In 2006/07, the physical activity of former participants was assessed using the Australian Physical Activity Recall Questionnaire. Linear regressions examined relationships between the reported time adolescents spent participating in moderate-to-vigorous or organized physical activity and their childhood skill proficiency, controlling for gender and school grade. A logistic regression examined the probability of participating in vigorous activity.

Results
Of 481 original participants located, 297 (62%) consented and 276 (57%) were surveyed. All were in secondary school with females comprising 52% (144). Adolescent time in moderate-to-vigorous and organized activity was positively associated with childhood object control proficiency. Respective models accounted for 12.7% (p = .001), and 18.2% of the variation (p = .003). Object control proficient children became adolescents with a 10% to 20% higher chance of vigorous activity participation.

Conclusions
Object control proficient children were more likely to become active adolescents. Motor skill development should be a key strategy in childhood interventions aiming to promote long-term physical activity.
Language eng
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019936

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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