The association between childhood motor performance and developmental trajectories of sport participation over 5 years in Danish students aged 6–16-year-old: [Inkl. correction]

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  • Charlotte Raadkjær Lykkegaard
  • Helene Støttrup Andersen
  • Sonja Wehberg
  • Sinead Holden
  • Waldorff, Frans Boch
  • Jens Søndergaarda
  • Lisbeth Runge Larseng
  • Heidi Klakk
  • Niels Wedderkoppf
Sports participation has potential to promote physical activity in youth. Unfortunately, sports participation and physical activity may decline from childhood to adolescence and into adulthood. Globally, only 20% of 13–15-year-olds meet the World Health Organisation recommendations for physical activity. This study aimed to investigate the 5-year trajectories of sports participation and their association with baseline motor performance in Danish school children as part of the Childhood Health Activity and Motor Performance School Study-Denmark (CHAMPS-DK), a school-based physical activity intervention study which investigated the health benefits of increased physical education lessons. Five distinct trajectories were identified, with group 1 maintained a stable trajectory of little to no sports participation, and group 2 showing a low decreasing trend. Group 3–5, the most sports active, demonstrated increasing sport participation at different rates. Baseline motor performance score was associated with the two most active sports participation groups. Students who were more physically active during school hours participated less in organised leisure time sports. This suggest focusing on improving motor performance in youth may support future sports participation and thus health-related physical activity. But also, that it might be necessary to engage and maintain children and adolescents in leisure time sports while implementing physical activity promotion interventions.
TidsskriftScientific Reports
Udgave nummer1
Antal sider11
StatusUdgivet - 2023

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Correction: DOI 10.1038/s41598-023-34564-3

Funding Information:
Funding for this study has been provided by Fysioterapipraksisfonden. Funding for the CHAMPS-study DK has been provided by: The Tryg Foundation, University College Lillebaelt, University of Southern Denmark, The Nordea Foundation, The IMK Foundation, The Region of Southern Denmark, The Egmont Foundation, The A.J. Andersen Foundation, The Danish Rheumatism Association, Oestifternes Foundation, Brd. Hartmann’s Foundation, Team Denmark, The Danish Chiropractor Foundation, The Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics. The funding body had no role in the design of the study, nor in the collection, interpretation, or publication of data.

Funding Information:
The authors gratefully thank the participating children, their parents, and teachers in the schools involved in the project. We are grateful for the cooperation with The Svendborg Project, Sport Study Sydfyn, and the Municipality of Svendborg. We also acknowledge the valuable work and effort of a numerous researchers, PhD students, and students for preparing the CHAMPS-study DK and for performing the comprehensive data collecting during the period from 2007 to 2014. Finally, we would like to thank members of the CHAMPS-study DK not listed as co-authors in this paper: Niels Christian Møller, Lars Bo Andersen, E. Jespersen, M. Heidemann, C.T. Rexen, Jakob Tarp, Eva Friis Kamelarczyk, Jan Christian Brønd, and C. Franz.

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