Developmental perspectives on motor competence and physical fitness in youth

Farid Bardid, Till Utesch, David F. Stodden, Matthieu Lenoir

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The aim of this special issue in Scandinavian Journal of Science & Medicine in Sports was to provide an update of research examining motor competence and physical fitness in childhood and adolescence from a longitudinal perspective. Motor competence and physical fitness play an important role in children and adolescents' overall health and growth. Motor competence refers to an individual's degree of proficiency in performing various motor skills and is underpinned by coordination and control. Developing adequate levels of competence in fundamental motor/movement skills is critical for all children as they form the foundation for more complex skills used in games, sports and other types of physical activities across the lifespan. Physical fitness refers to an individual's capacity to perform physical activity and includes components such as cardiorespiratory fitness, musculoskeletal fitness (i.e., muscular endurance and strength), and flexibility. Motor competence and physical fitness are correlated in young people.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-7
Number of pages3
JournalScandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
Issue numberS1
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2021


  • developmental perspectives
  • motor competence
  • physical fitness
  • youth

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