Understanding motor competence in children and young people
ISPAH ePoster Library. Vale S. 10/16/18; 225178; 282
Prof. Dr. Susana Vale
Prof. Dr. Susana Vale
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Abstract Understanding interactions between biological and environmental factors and motor competence in Portuguese pre-schoolers. Motor competence is considered the degree of skilled performance in variety of motor tasks as well as the movement quality, coordination, and control underlying a particular motor outcome. The term motor competence also relates to a mastery of skills in different domains: motor, cognitive and social. The preschool years are particularly critical in terms of developing motor competence, which are fundamental to a physically active lifestyle in later life. Researchers recognize that the development of motor competence during early childhood is determined by the complex interaction between biological factors, and the environmental conditions in which a child lives and grows. However, despite this recognition, there remains the degree to which motor competence, defined as gross motor skill competency, encompassing FMS, motor coordination and motor fitness, impacts on physical activity and health during the preschool years. This lecture will explore and analyse the interactions between biological factors (e.g., age, sex, weight status) and environmental conditions (school, home, PE classes and recess time) with motor competence during the preschool years. Providing an up to date overview of this topic is key for public health specialists, exercise scientists and physical educationalists to developing interventions designed to enhance PA and health during the preschool years. External funding details FCT grant: SFRH / BPD / 81566 / 2011
Abstract Understanding interactions between biological and environmental factors and motor competence in Portuguese pre-schoolers. Motor competence is considered the degree of skilled performance in variety of motor tasks as well as the movement quality, coordination, and control underlying a particular motor outcome. The term motor competence also relates to a mastery of skills in different domains: motor, cognitive and social. The preschool years are particularly critical in terms of developing motor competence, which are fundamental to a physically active lifestyle in later life. Researchers recognize that the development of motor competence during early childhood is determined by the complex interaction between biological factors, and the environmental conditions in which a child lives and grows. However, despite this recognition, there remains the degree to which motor competence, defined as gross motor skill competency, encompassing FMS, motor coordination and motor fitness, impacts on physical activity and health during the preschool years. This lecture will explore and analyse the interactions between biological factors (e.g., age, sex, weight status) and environmental conditions (school, home, PE classes and recess time) with motor competence during the preschool years. Providing an up to date overview of this topic is key for public health specialists, exercise scientists and physical educationalists to developing interventions designed to enhance PA and health during the preschool years. External funding details FCT grant: SFRH / BPD / 81566 / 2011
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