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Revista da Educação Física / UEM

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MARRAMARCO, Césare Augusto et al. Children with previous poor nutrition, overweigh and obesity demonstrated poor motor performance . Rev. educ. fis. UEM [online]. 2012, vol.23, n.2, pp.175-182. ISSN 1983-3083.

The objective of this study was to investigate the association between nutritional status and motor performance of children. Methods: The study included 287 children, 151 boys and 136 girls aged between 5 and 10 years (= 8.1+1.7 SD) with nutritional status recommended for age (NCHS, 2002; ALVES, 2008). We evaluated the motor performance through the Test of Gross Motor Development - Second Edition - TGMD-2 (Ulrich, 2000). Results: Despite of the nutritional status a higher number of girls exhibited a poor motor performance compared to the boys. Large obese, obese and with previous poor nutrition showed higher prevalence of poor motor performance. Conclusion: The nutritional status was associated with performance of motor skills in the investigated children.

Keywords : Nutritional status; Motor performance; Children.

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