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Variation in sport participation, fitness and motor coordination with socioeconomic status among Flemish children

(2012) PEDIATRIC EXERCISE SCIENCE. 24(1). p.113-128
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Socioeconomic status (SES) is often indicated as a factor that influences physical activity and associated health outcomes. This study examined the relationship between SES and sport participation, morphology, fitness and motor coordination in a sample of 1955 Flemish children 6-11 years of age. Gender, age and SES-specific values for morphologic dimensions, amount and type of sport participation and fitness and motor coordination tests were compared. SES was positively and significantly associated with sport participation and sports club membership in both sexes. Although differences were not consistently significant, morphologic dimensions and tests of fitness and motor coordination showed a trend in favor of children from higher SES. The results suggest that public and local authorities should consider providing equal opportunities for children in all social strata and especially those in the lower SES to experience the beneficial effects of sport participation through which they can enhance levels of physical fitness and motor coordination.
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GIRLS, BOYS, LIFE, POPULATION, RESOURCES, YOUTH, EXERCISE, ADOLESCENTS, PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY, ENERGY-EXPENDITURE

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Vandendriessche, Joric, Barbara Vandorpe, Roel Vaeyens, Robert M Malina, Johan Lefevre, Matthieu Lenoir, and Renaat Philippaerts. 2012. “Variation in Sport Participation, Fitness and Motor Coordination with Socioeconomic Status Among Flemish Children.” Pediatric Exercise Science 24 (1): 113–128.
APA
Vandendriessche, Joric, Vandorpe, B., Vaeyens, R., Malina, R. M., Lefevre, J., Lenoir, M., & Philippaerts, R. (2012). Variation in sport participation, fitness and motor coordination with socioeconomic status among Flemish children. PEDIATRIC EXERCISE SCIENCE, 24(1), 113–128.
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Vandendriessche J, Vandorpe B, Vaeyens R, Malina RM, Lefevre J, Lenoir M, et al. Variation in sport participation, fitness and motor coordination with socioeconomic status among Flemish children. PEDIATRIC EXERCISE SCIENCE. 2012;24(1):113–28.
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Vandendriessche, Joric, Barbara Vandorpe, Roel Vaeyens, et al. “Variation in Sport Participation, Fitness and Motor Coordination with Socioeconomic Status Among Flemish Children.” PEDIATRIC EXERCISE SCIENCE 24.1 (2012): 113–128. Print.
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  abstract     = {Socioeconomic status (SES) is often indicated as a factor that influences physical activity and associated health outcomes. This study examined the relationship between SES and sport participation, morphology, fitness and motor coordination in a sample of 1955 Flemish children 6-11 years of age. Gender, age and SES-specific values for morphologic dimensions, amount and type of sport participation and fitness and motor coordination tests were compared. SES was positively and significantly associated with sport participation and sports club membership in both sexes. Although differences were not consistently significant, morphologic dimensions and tests of fitness and motor coordination showed a trend in favor of children from higher SES. The results suggest that public and local authorities should consider providing equal opportunities for children in all social strata and especially those in the lower SES to experience the beneficial effects of sport participation through which they can enhance levels of physical fitness and motor coordination.},
  author       = {Vandendriessche, Joric and Vandorpe, Barbara and Vaeyens, Roel and Malina, Robert M and Lefevre, Johan and Lenoir, Matthieu and Philippaerts, Renaat},
  issn         = {0899-8493},
  journal      = {PEDIATRIC EXERCISE SCIENCE},
  keyword      = {GIRLS,BOYS,LIFE,POPULATION,RESOURCES,YOUTH,EXERCISE,ADOLESCENTS,PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY,ENERGY-EXPENDITURE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {113--128},
  title        = {Variation in sport participation, fitness and motor coordination with socioeconomic status among Flemish children},
  volume       = {24},
  year         = {2012},
}

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