A1 Journal article (refereed)
Development of accelerometer‐based light to vigorous physical activity in fitness profiles of school‐aged children (2021)


Gråstén, A., Huhtiniemi, M., Hakonen, H., & Jaakkola, T. (2021). Development of accelerometer‐based light to vigorous physical activity in fitness profiles of school‐aged children. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 31(12), 2343-2355. https://doi.org/10.1111/sms.14056


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All authors or editorsGråstén, Arto; Huhtiniemi, Mikko; Hakonen, Harto; Jaakkola, Timo

Journal or seriesScandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports

ISSN0905-7188

eISSN1600-0838

Publication year2021

Publication date18/09/2021

Volume31

Issue number12

Pages range2343-2355

PublisherWiley-Blackwell

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1111/sms.14056

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/78586


Abstract

This study examined the developmental trajectories of light (LPA) and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) in fitness profiles derived from motor competence, perceived motor competence, health-related fitness, and MVPA behaviour. Locomotor, stability, and object-control skills, muscular and cardiovascular fitness, and physical activity were assessed in 510 (girls 285, boys 225) Finnish school-aged children (Mage = 11.26 ± .33 years) over three years. Physical activity was measured using hip-mounted accelerometers. Fitness profiles were identified using latent profile analysis and the development of physical activity levels across four assessments was analysed with latent growth curve models. Results showed that 1) three homogeneous profiles were identified: At-risk, Intermediate, and Desirable; 2) the Desirable group was more physically active than the other groups, the Intermediate group was more physical active than the At-risk group; and 3) LPA decreased similarly over time, while MVPA remained stable in all three profiles. Initial more advanced motor competence, perceived motor competence, health-related fitness, and higher MVPA behaviour were associated with higher levels of long-term LPA and MVPA. This finding supports the importance of motor competence skills acquisition in the early school years. Attention should also be paid to increasing engagement in light physical activities, especially in inactive or insufficiently active children with low motor competence skills.


Keywordschildren (age groups)school-age childrenphysical activityphysical fitnessmotor skills (general)measuring methods

Free keywordsmotor competence; health-related fitness; latent profile analysis; latent growth curve model


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Reporting Year2021

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