A1 Journal article (refereed)
Identifying childhood movement profiles and tracking physical activity and sedentary time across 1 year (2020)

Jaakkola, T., Yli-Piipari, S., Stodden, D. F., Huhtiniemi, M., Salin, K., Seppälä, S., Hakonen, H., & Gråstén, A. (2020). Identifying childhood movement profiles and tracking physical activity and sedentary time across 1 year. Translational Sports Medicine, 3(5), 480-487. https://doi.org/10.1002/tsm2.156

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All authors or editors: Jaakkola, Timo; Yli-Piipari, Sami; Stodden, David F.; Huhtiniemi, Mikko; Salin, Kasper; Seppälä, Sanni; Hakonen, Harto; Gråstén, Arto

Journal or series: Translational Sports Medicine

eISSN: 2573-8488

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 3

Issue number: 5

Pages range: 480-487

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/tsm2.156

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/68297


This study identified movement profiles in childhood and tracked longitudinal changes in moderate‐to‐vigorous physical activity and sedentary time across identified profiles. A sample consisted of 491 Finnish 5th Grade children (girls 275, boys 216; Mage = 11.27 ± .32). A latent profile analysis strategy was used to identify homogenous movement profiles that included measures of motor competence, perceived competence, and cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness. To examine a one‐year changes in moderate‐to‐vigorous physical activity and sedentary time among movement profiles, a mixed between‐within subjects analysis of variance with Tukey's post hoc ‐tests was conducted. Results revealed three movement profiles; “At‐Risk Movement Profile” “Intermediate Movement Profile" and “Desirable Movement Profile”. Results demonstrated that moderate‐to‐vigorous physical activity among the Intermediate Movement Profile declined across one year (p < .01), whereas there was no change in sedentary time. To conclude, results of the study indicated remarkable differences in movement skill and physical fitness variables, and moderate‐to‐vigorous physical activity engagement between the at‐Risk Movement Profile and other two profiles. Special attention should be given to the lowest profile of children to promote their movement capabilities and physical activity engagement. It is noteworthy that At‐Risk Movement Profile included children more than one third of the sample.

Keywords: children (age groups); physical activeness; physical training; physical fitness; motor skills (general)

Free keywords: latent profile analysis; health‐related fitness; motor competence; perceived physical competence

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Reporting Year: 2020

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