A Narrative Review of Motor Competence in Children and Adolescents: What We Know and What We Need to Find Out

Lopes, Luís; Santos, Rute; Coelho-e-Silva, Manuel; Draper, Catherine; Mota, Jorge; Jidovtseff, Boris; Clark, Cain; Schmidt, Mirko; Morgan, Philip; Duncan, Michael; O’Brien, Wesley; Bentsen, Peter; D’Hondt, Eva; Houwen, Suzanne; Stratton, Gareth; De Martelaer, Kristine; Scheuer, Claude; Herrmann, Christian; García-Hermoso, António; Ramírez-Vélez, Robinson; ... (2021). A Narrative Review of Motor Competence in Children and Adolescents: What We Know and What We Need to Find Out. International journal of environmental research and public health, 18(1), p. 18. MDPI 10.3390/ijerph18010018

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Lack of physical activity is a global public health problem causing not only morbidity and premature mortality, but it is also a major economic burden worldwide. One of the cornerstones of a physically active lifestyle is Motor Competence (MC). MC is a complex biocultural attribute and therefore, its study requires a multi-sectoral, multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary approach. MC is a growing area of research, especially in children and adolescents due to its positive association with a plethora of health and developmental outcomes. Many questions, however, remain to be answered in this field of research, with regard to: (i) Health and Developmental-related Associations of MC; (ii) Assessment of MC; (iii) Prevalence and Trends of MC; (iv) Correlates and Determinants of MC; (v) MC Interventions, and (vi) Translating MC Research into Practice and Policy. This paper presents a narrative review of the literature, summarizing current knowledge, identifying key research gaps and presenting questions for future investigation on MC in children and adolescents. This is a collaborative effort from the International Motor Competence Network (IMCNetwork) a network of academics and researchers aiming to promote international collaborative research and knowledge translation in the expansive field of MC. The knowledge and deliverables generated by addressing and answering the aforementioned research questions on MC presented in this review have the potential to shape the ways in which researchers and practitioners promote MC and physical activity in children and adolescents across the world

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Journal Article (Review Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Pedagogy

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Schmidt, Mirko


700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment








Edith Desideria Imthurn

Date Deposited:

31 Mar 2021 14:01

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31 Mar 2021 14:01

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

motor development; motor coordination; fundamental movement skills; motor profi-ciency; physical activity





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