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Revista Brasileira de Educação Física e Esporte

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SILVA, Simonete; BEUNEN, Gaston  and  MAIA, José. References values of motor development in children and adolescents: a mixed-longitudinal study of Cariri. Rev. bras. educ. fís. esporte (Impr.) [online]. 2011, vol.25, n.1, pp.111-125. ISSN 1807-5509.

The aim of this study was: 1) to provide centile charts and reference values for a variety of motor tests and; 2) to compare the performance of children and adolescents from the Cariri-region with other national and international reference data. The total sample consists of 6.238 individuals (3.122 girls and 3.116 boys) between 8 and 17 years. The centile charts were constructed for each sex separately using the LMS method implemented in the LMSchartmaker Pro version 2.3. The reference charts of Cariri-region are similar to that observed in previously reported studies. Except for trunk lift boys outperform girls at most age levels, emphasizing the presence of sexual dimorphism. The P50 values of children and adolescents from Cariri were consistently lower than the P50-values of children and adolescents from Londrina (Brazil) and other samples from Portugal.

Keywords : Physical fitness; Motor tests; Charts reference; Children; Youth.

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