What is it about?

High levels of motor competence, i.e. ability to move efficeintly and fluently in different environments, allows children to participate in various physical activities. Aerobic fitness has been considered an important marker of health and motor competence and aerobic fitness has been thougth to develop hand in hand. However, previous studies have used measures of fitness that are strongly related to obesity. We showed for the first time that children with poor motor competence can have high levels of aerobic fitness, and vice versa.

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Why is it important?

Our observations suggest that children can have limitations in motor abilities and still have normal or even high cardiorespiratory capacity. Therefore, the results of previous studies showing that children with higher motor competence often have higher aerobic fitness than others, are probably due to differences in fat mass. Thus, in public health perspective, increasing physical activity levels in children is essential, but different approaches are warranted to improve motor competence and aerobic fitness.


It was nice to see, that the hypotheses worked in two independent data set which stenghten the results.

Dr. Eero Haapala
University of Jyväskylä

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This page is a summary of: Associations between cardiorespiratory fitness, motor competence, and adiposity in children, Translational Sports Medicine, September 2020, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1002/tsm2.198.
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