Fundamental movement skills and motivational factors influencing engagement in physical activity

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Kalaja, Sami, Jaakkola, Timo, Watt, Anthony P and Liukkonen, Jarmo (2010) Fundamental movement skills and motivational factors influencing engagement in physical activity. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 111 (1). pp. 115-128. ISSN 0031-5125


To assess whether subgroups based on children's fundamental movement skills, perceived competence, and self-determined motivation toward physical education vary with current self-reported physical activity, a sample of 316 Finnish Grade 7 students completed fundamental movement skills measures and self-report questionnaires assessing perceived competence, self-determined motivation toward physical education, and current physical activity. Cluster analysis indicated a three-cluster structure: “Low motivation/low skills profile,” “High skills/low motivation profile,” and “High skills/high motivation profile.” Analysis of variance indicated that students in the third cluster engaged in significantly more physical activity than students of clusters one and two. These results provide support for previous claims regarding the importance of the relationship of fundamental movement skills with continuing engagement in physical activity. High fundamental movement skills, however, may represent only one element in maintaining adolescents' engagement in physical activity.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.2466/06.10.25.PMS.111.4.115-128
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1399 Other Education
Historical > SEO Classification > 9302 Teaching and Instruction
Keywords ResPubID21414, physical education, physical activity, adolescents, motor skills
Citations in Scopus 28 - View on Scopus
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