Predictive strength of physical education-centered physical literacy indicators on physical activity

Sami Yli-Piipari, Arto Gråsten, Mikko Huhtiniemi, Kasper Salin, Sanni Seppälä, Harto Hakonen, Timo Jaakkola

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Abstract

This study examined the predictive strength of selected physical education (PE)-centered physical literacy indicators on elementary school students' accelerometer-measured moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity (PA). The study was a cross-sectional study with a sample of 450 Finnish children (M = 11.26 [0.32]; nfemales = 194; nmales = 256). Data on a set of predictor variables (motor competence, in-class PE moderate- to vigorous-intensity PA [MVPA], health-related fitness, and PE motivation and enjoyment) and total MVPA as a single outcome variable were collected. The entire model explained almost 30% of MVPA (R2adj =.298). Cardiorespiratory endurance (β = 0.42, 95% confidence interval [0.22, 0.62], p <.001) and MVPA in PE (β = 0.27, 95% confidence interval [0.09, 0.44], p =.004) were statistically significant predictors of MVPA. It can be concluded that, of all included variables, cardiorespiratory endurance and MVPA in PE were the most important factors contributing to healthy levels of total MVPA in childhood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-311
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Teaching in Physical Education
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Accelerometry
  • Health-related fitness
  • Moderate to vigorous intensity
  • Motor competency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Education
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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