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Table 3 Motor skills, physical activity and sedentary activities according to gender

From: Weight status and gender-related differences in motor skills and in child care - based physical activity in young children

   Gender  
Motor Scores a Boys Girls ß-coefficient (95% CI)
Basic Motor Score n = 268 n = 261  
  12.56 ± 3.62 12.44 ± 3.27 -0.18 (-0.64 to 0.27)
  n = 210 n = 201  
Integral Motor Score 14.27 ± 4.06 14.28 ± 3.58 -0.27 (-0.85 to 0.30)
Physical Activity n = 120 n = 131  
Total physical activity (counts/min) 641 ± 220 574 ± 195 -68.7 (-115.0 to -22.3) **
Sedentary (epochs/hour < 37.5 counts) 127 ± 23 134 ± 20 6.5 (1.4 to 11.5) **
MVPA (epochs/hour ≥ 420 counts) 32 ± 14 26 ± 11 -6.2 (-9.1 to -3.3) ***
VPA (epochs/hour ≥ 842 counts) 9 ± 6 7 ± 5 -1.8 (-3.0 to -0.5) **
  1. Values are means ± standard deviation and β-coefficients with 95% confidence intervals. Variables were analyzed using a multiple linear regression, adjusted for age and child care center (cluster).
  2. a Basic Motor Score: Reference score for motor skills: sum of all 5 motor skills (running, climbing stairs, balancing on a beam, getting up, landing after jumping); Integral Motor Score: sum of 6 motor skills including the jumping on one leg skill Significant gender differences (*p < 0.05, **p < 0.01, ***p < 0.001).
  3. MVPA: moderate-and-vigorous physical activity; VPA: vigorous physical activity.