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ERIC Number: EJ967144
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
The Relationship between Motor Skill Proficiency and Body Mass Index in Preschool Children
Logan, Samuel W.; Scrabis-Fletcher, Kristin; Modlesky, Christopher; Getchell, Nancy
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v82 n3 p442-448 Sep 2011
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between motor proficiency and body mass index (BMI) in preschool children. Thirty-eight children ages 4-6 years had their BMI calculated and were assessed using the Movement Assessment Battery for Children-2 (MABC-2; Henderson, Sugden, & Barnett, 2007). These data were analyzed in two ways. The correlation between BMI and MABC-2 percentile ranks was calculated. Next, the groups were subdivided based on BMI status (high, M = 85.5; medium, M = 49.8; low, M = 10.8), and compared using t tests to determine if differences existed in MABC-2 percentile ranks. No significant relationship existed between MABC-2 and BMI percentile ranks (r = -0.237). However, significant differences in MABC-2 percentile ranks existed between high and low (p = 0.042), and high and medium (p = 0.043) groups. These results suggest that preschool children classified as overweight or obese may have lower motor proficiency than their normal weight and underweight peers. This study indicates there is a direct relationship between motor proficiency and BMI in the preschool population. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Delaware