Multivariate relationships among morphology, fitness and motor coordination in prepubertal girls

Leonardo G.O. Luz, Manuel J. Coelho-e-Silva, João P. Duarte, João Valente-dos-Santos, Aristides Machado-Rodrigues, André Seabra, Bruno C.M. Carmo, Roel Vaeyens, Renaat M. Philippaerts, Sean P. Cumming, Robert M. Malina

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Motor coordination and physical fitness are multidimensional concepts which cannot be reduced to a single variable. This study evaluated multivariate relationships among morphology, physical fitness and motor coordination in 74 pre-pubertal girls 8.0-8.9 years of age. Data included body dimensions, eight fitness items and four motor coordination tasks (KTK battery). Maturity status was estimated as percentage of predicted mature stature attained at the time of observation. Canonical correlation analysis was used to examine the relationships between multivariate domains. Significant pairs of linear functions between indicators of morphology and fitness (rc = 0.778, Wilks’ Lambda = 0.175), and between fitness and motor coordination (rc = 0.765, Wilks’ Lambda = 0.289) were identified. Girls who were lighter and had a lower waist-to-stature ratio and % fat mass attained better scores in the endurance run, sit-ups and standing long jump tests, but poorer performances in hand grip strength and 2-kg ball throw. Better fitness test scores were also associated with better motor coordination scores. Relationships between body size and estimated fatness with motor fitness suggested an inverse relationship that was particularly evident in performance items that required the displacement of the body through space, while motor coordination was more closely related with fitness than with somatic variables.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-204
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Sports Science and Medicine
Issue number2
Early online date14 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018


  • Body size
  • Canonical correlation
  • KTK test
  • Movement proficiency
  • Predicted adult stature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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