Physical Activity in Children Linked to Motor Abilities

Boys and girls who have better motor abilities are more physically active and less likely to be sedentary than children with poorer coordination, research conducted with children between the ages of 8 and 10 at the University at Buffalo has shown. Results of the study appear in the December issue of the journal Pediatrics. For the article visit:

"It was particularly interesting that children in the highest quartile of motor proficiency had an average of 18 minutes-per-day more moderate-to-vigorous physical activity than youth in the lower quartiles," said Wrotniak. "If we could improve coordination in children in the lower quartiles, they may be more likely to increase their physical activity."