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ERIC Number: EJ1050141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Fundamental Movement Skill Proficiency and Body Composition Measured by Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry in Eight-Year-Old Children
Slotte, Sari; Sääkslahti, Arja; Metsämuuronen, Jari; Rintala, Pauli
Early Child Development and Care, v185 n3 p475-485 2015
Objective: The main aim was to examine the association between fundamental movement skills (FMS) and objectively measured body composition using dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). Methods: A study of 304 eight-year-old children in Finland. FMS were assessed with the "Test of gross motor development," 2nd ed. Total body fat percentage (BF%), abdominal region fat percentage (AF%) and fat-free mass (FFM) were assessed by DXA. Waist circumference, height and weight were measured, and International Obesity Task Force cut-off values for body mass index were used for the definition of healthy weight and overweight/obesity. Results: Better FMS proficiency (object control, locomotor and total FMS) was significantly and strongly associated with lower BF% and lower AF% measured with DXA. Conclusions: The inverse association between FMS and body composition measured with DXA (BF% and AF%) is an important finding, as body fatness and specifically abdominal fatness are associated with less favourable cardiovascular risk factor status in children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland
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