Chapter 3: The Relationship of Physical Fitness and Motor Competence to Physical Activity

Castelli, Darla M.; Valley, Julia A.
October 2007
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Oct2007, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p358
Academic Journal
The authors explain their research on social cognitive theory as it relates to physical activity. Their study of how physical fitness, motor competence, gender, age, and ethnicity influence physical activity is based on a community-based, summer physical activity program in the Midwestern United States. In addition to demographic factors, they discuss physical activity enabling factors, such as opportunity, level of fitness, and motor skill competency, reinforcing factors, such as support from family or teachers, and predisposing factors, such as perceived motor competence and enjoyment of activities. They explain their methodology, procedures and data analysis, and results, and they discuss the implications of their findings.


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