Relations among physical activity patterns, lifestyle activities, and fundamental movement skills for Finnish students in grade 7

Percept Mot Skills. 2009 Feb;108(1):97-111. doi: 10.2466/PMS.108.1.97-111.


To investigate the relations among leisure time physical activity and in sport clubs, lifestyle activities, and the locomotor, balance manipulative skills of Grade 7 students participating in Finnish physical education at a secondary school in central Finland completed self-report questionnaires on their physical activity patterns at leisure time and during sport club participation, and time spent watching television and using the computer and other electronic media. Locomotor skills were analyzed by the leaping test, balance skills by the flamingo standing test, and manipulative skills by the accuracy throwing test. Analysis indicated physical activity in sport clubs positively explained scores on balance and locomotor tests but not on accuracy of throwing. Leisure time physical activity and lifestyle activities were not statistically significant predictors of performance on any movement skill tests. Girls scored higher on the static balance skill and boys higher on the throwing task. Overall, physical activity in sport clubs was more strongly associated with performance on the fundamental movement tasks than was physical activity during leisure.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Athletic Performance / physiology
  • Female
  • Finland
  • Humans
  • Leisure Activities / psychology*
  • Life Style*
  • Locomotion / physiology
  • Male
  • Motor Activity / physiology*
  • Motor Skills / physiology*
  • Postural Balance / physiology
  • Sex Factors
  • Sports / physiology
  • Students / psychology*