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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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Zeinab Khodaverdi, Abbas Bahram, Hassan Khalaji, Anoshirvan Kazemnejad, Farhad Ghadiri, and Wesley O’Brien

Motor competence (MC) has generally been defined as a person’s movement coordination quality, which can be observed when performing different motor skills, ranging on a continuum from gross to fine motor skills ( Utesch & Bardid, 2019 ). MC is a critical part of physical fitness development in

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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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Pamela Haibach-Beach, Melanie Perreault, Lauren J. Lieberman, and Alexandra Stribing

Motor competence is a global term that includes, but is not limited to, terms such as motor proficiency, motor performance, fundamental motor skills, motor ability, and motor coordination ( Robinson et al., 2015 ). Motor competence may be a critical part of a child’s development in their early

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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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Nadia Cristina Valentini, Glauber Carvalho Nobre, Mariele Santayana de Souza, and Michael J. Duncan

Contemporary researchers agree that motor competence, body mass index (BMI), and perceptions of competence are somewhat related and contributors to overall children physical activity (PA) and health. 1 – 3 Considerable work has been conducted examining the associations between children’s PA and