Evaluating the relationship between physical activity, gross motor skills and healthy growth in preschoolers using structural equation modeling
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to use structural equation modeling (SEM) to understand the directionality of the relationship between physical activity (PA) and gross motor skills (GMS) in predicting healthy growth (body mass index, (BMI)) in preschoolers. Procedure: Baseline data from preschoolers (4-5 years old) enrolled in the Colorado Longitudinal Eating And Physical activity (LEAP) study were used. Preschoolers were assessed on GMS (balance, locomotor and ball skills) and fitness (Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency, Second Edition), PA (Actical accelerometers), and perceived ...
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