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Locomotive and non-locomotive activity as determined by triaxial accelerometry and physical fitness in Japanese preschool children.

Authors
  • Tanaka, Chiaki
  • Hikihara, Yuki
  • Ohkawara, Kazunori
  • Tanaka, Shigeho
Type
Published Article
Journal
Pediatric exercise science
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2012
Volume
24
Issue
3
Pages
420–434
Identifiers
PMID: 22971558
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study examined the potential relationship between participation in physical activity (PA) assessed by triaxial accelerometry and physical fitness testing, including health-related and skill-related parameters of fitness, in 136 Japanese preschoolers (65 girls and 71 boys, 5.5 ± 0.6 years). In partial correlation analyses, grip strength and 20m shuttle run test were positively correlated with time spent in physical activity ratio (PAR) ≥ 4. Better scores on standing long jump distance and jump over and crawl under tests were associated with lower sedentary time and greater moderate-to-vigorous PA time and PAR ≥ 4 time, and increased physical activity level. Moreover, 25m run speed was positively correlated with time spent in PAR ≥ 4 and locomotive activity. These findings suggest that development of both health-related (muscle strength and aerobic fitness) and skill-related fitness (power, agility and speed) may make engagement in PA easier for preschool children, although further research on the cause-effect relationship is needed.

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