Association between commuting to school and physical fitness related to motor performance in schoolchildren

Aillyn Lyanna Pires, Silvana Silveira Soares, Letícia Welser, Cristiane Fernanda da Silva, Ana Paula Sehn, Deise Graziela Kern, Andréia Rosane de Moura Valim, Cézane Priscila Reuter, Miria Suzana Burgos


Background and objectives: Physical fitness and motor performance are important cardiometabolic risk predictors. The aim of this cross-sectional study was check for associations
between commuting to school in school, physical fitness related to motor performance. Methods: The sample consists of 751 children and adolescents, 349 females and 312 males,
aged between 7 and 17 years living in the city of Santa Cruz do Sul, state of Rio Grande do Sul. For the evaluation of commuting to school a questionnaire was used. For the assessment of
physical fitness, the agility, speed, horizontal jump and medicine ball test were performed. Results: Most of the boys (81.4%) and girls (84.1%) moves in sedentary way to school, and girls moving actively to school have better strength levels of upper limbs (p = 0.023) and speed
(p = 0.003). No significant result was observed in boys relating physical fitness and commuting to school. Conclusion: It was found that active commuting girls have shown better results in
physical fitness tests. KEYWORDS: Adolescent. Physical Fitness. Child. Motor Skills. Schools.


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