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Vítor Pires Lopes, Linda Saraiva, Celina Gonçalves and Luis P. Rodrigues

Results from the latest research have shown that actual motor competence development is associated with positive health trajectories, particularly regarding physical activity and weight status (e.g.,  Lopes, Maia, Rodrigues, & Malina, 2011 , 2012 ; Lopes, Stodden, & Rodrigues, 2014 ; Robinson et

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Ali Brian, Farid Bardid, Lisa M. Barnett, Frederik J.A. Deconinck, Matthieu Lenoir and Jacqueline D. Goodway

The importance of physical activity for one’s overall health and well-being is well documented ( World Health Organization, 2010 ). A substantial literature base also supports the association between children’s motor competence and physical activity behaviors ( Figueroa & An, 2017 ; Holfelder

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Anderson Henry Pereira Feitoza, Rafael dos Santos Henrique, Lisa M. Barnett, Alessandro Hervaldo Nicolai Ré, Vítor Pires Lopes, E. Kipling Webster, Leah E. Robinson, Wivianne A. Cavalcante and Maria Teresa Cattuzzo

the lower rating in perceived competence ( Jozsa, Wang, Barrett, & Morgan, 2014 ). Perceived motor competence (PMC) is a psychological construct within the sub-domain of physical competence, which refers to the self-judgment of the individual about his/her real motor competence ( Harter, 1978

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Dennis Dreiskaemper, Till Utesch and Maike Tietjens

within the PSDQ and PSDQ-S), because these terms are quite complex and abstract. For example, Harter ( 1982 ) considers physical self-perception as children’s own perception of their motor competence or motor skills. This idea of this skill-oriented self-perception refers to the fact that children

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Dimitrios Aivazidis, Fotini Venetsanou, Nikolaos Aggeloussis, Vassilios Gourgoulis and Antonis Kambas

their health. 6 – 12 Among the key correlates for PA participation is motor competence (MC), 13 with competent children being more active than their peers not only in childhood 14 – 16 but also later in life. 17 – 21 Today, when the investment in PA is thought to be imperative for public health, 22

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Caterina Pesce, Ilaria Masci, Rosalba Marchetti, Giuseppe Vannozzi and Mirko Schmidt

). A point-of-no-return in rebalancing the focus of PA advocacy from the fight against pediatric overweight by means of adequate exercise quantity to the development of motor competence by means of qualitatively rich motor experiences is represented by two seminal works published in 2008 ( Barnett, van

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Eva D’Hondt, Fotini Venetsanou, Antonis Kambas and Matthieu Lenoir

Early childhood is an important period for human motor development because in these young years children acquire and refine a wide range of fundamental motor skills ( Gallahue, Ozmun, & Goodway, 2012 ). A large amount of research supports that a child’s level of motor competence (i

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Danielle Nesbitt, Sergio Molina, Ryan Sacko, Leah E. Robinson, Ali Brian and David Stodden

Motor competence (MC) is defined as the degree of skilled performance in a wide range of motor tasks ( Stodden et al., 2008 ). Recent research emphasizes that the acquisition and maintenance of MC from early childhood into adulthood is a key component to living a healthy and active lifestyle

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Judith Jiménez-Díaz, Karla Chaves-Castro and Walter Salazar

Motor competence (MC) can be commonly defined as proficiency in fundamental motor skills (FMS), which regularly includes locomotor and object control skills. 1 A broader concept of MC is the performance in all forms of goal-directed motor tasks that need coordination and control of the human body

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Xiangli Gu, Senlin Chen and Xiaoxia Zhang

these wrist-worn monitors in assessing young children’s physical activity and sedentary behavior. References Barnett , L.M. , Lai , S.K. , Veldman , S.L. , Hardy , L.L. , Cliff , D.P. , Morgan , P.J. , . . . Rush , E. ( 2016 ). Correlates of gross motor competence in children and