A narrative review of motor competence in children and adolescents: What we know and what we need to find out

Luís LOPES, Rute SANTOS, Manuel COELHO-E-SILVA, Catherine DRAPER, Jorge MOTA, Boris JIDOVTSEFF, Cain CLARK, Mirko SCHMIDT, Philip MORGAN, Michael DUNCAN, Wesley O’BRIEN, Peter BENTSEN, Eva D’HONDT, Suzanne HOUWEN, Gareth STRATTON, Kristine DE MARTELAER, Claude SCHEUER, Christian HERRMANN, António GARCÍA-HERMOSO, Robinson RAMÍREZ-VÉLEZAntónio PALMEIRA, Erin GERLACH, Rafaela ROSÁRIO, Johann ISSARTEL, Irene ESTEBAN-CORNEJO, Jonatan RUIZ, Sanne VELDMAN, Zhiguang ZHANG, Dario COLELLA, Susana PÓVOAS, Pamela HAIBACH-BEACH, João PEREIRA, Bronagh MCGRANE, João SARAIVA, Viviene TEMPLE, Pedro SILVA, Erik SIGMUND, Eduarda SOUSA-SÁ, Manolis ADAMAKIS, Carla MOREIRA, Till UTESCH, Larissa TRUE, Pui Yee Peggy CHEUNG, Jaime CARCAMO-OYARZUN, Sophia CHARITOU, Palma CHILLÓN, Claudio ROBAZZA, Ana SILVA, Danilo SILVA, Rodrigo LIMA, Isabel MOURÃO-CARVALHAL, Zeinab KHODAVERDI, Marcela ZEQUINÃO, Beatriz PEREIRA, António PRISTA, César AGOSTINIS-SOBRINHO

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Abstract

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. Copyright © 2020 by the authors.
Original languageEnglish
Article number18
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number1
Early online date22 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2021

Citation

Lopes, L., Santos, R., Coelho-e-Silva, M., Draper, C., Mota, J., Jidovtseff, B., . . . Agostinis-Sobrinho, C. (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). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010018

Keywords

  • Motor development
  • Motor coordination
  • Fundamental movement skills
  • Motor proficiency
  • Physical activity

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