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Revista Brasileira de Cineantropometria & Desempenho Humano
On-line version ISSN 1980-0037
KREBS, Ruy Jornada et al. Relationship between motor performance and physical fitness score in 7- to 8-year-old children. Rev. bras. cineantropom. desempenho hum. (Online) [online]. 2011, vol.13, n.2, pp. 94-99. ISSN 1980-0037. http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/1980-0037.2011v13n2p94.
There are many tests for the evaluation of motor performance or physical fitness that take into account different criteria such as movement forms and patterns, time, distance, and repetitions of each task for the analysis of performance. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between motor performance and physical fitness scores in children. Fifty children of both genders aged 7 to 8 years (25 boys and 25 girls) participated in this study. The Test of Gross Motor Development - Second Edition (TGMD-2) was used for the evaluation of motor performance. Physical fitness was assessed by three specific tests proposed by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). The results showed statistical significance and weak correlations among some skills such as run, horizontal jump, hop, leap, underhand roll, and medicine ball throw. The equivalent use of both tests may not be adequate since each test has its own peculiarities in terms of assessment criteria.
Keywords : Physical fitness; Motor performance; Children; Physical education.