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Revista Cubana de Investigaciones Biomédicas

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GIL MADRONA, Pedro; CARRILLO-LOPEZ, Pedro José; GARCIA CANTO, Eliseo  e  ROSA GUILLAMON, Andrés. Influence of sex, body mass index and number of siblings on self-perceived motor competence. Rev Cubana Invest Bioméd [online]. 2020, vol.39, n.1, e370.  Epub 01-Mar-2020. ISSN 0864-0300.


Childhood is a crucial period in a person's life cycle. It is the time when the personality begins to take definitive shape and healthy daily habits are acquired.


Analyze the self-perception of motor competence in relation to gender, body weight and number of siblings.


The study population was 310 sixth-grade students (M ± SD; 10.87 ± 0.54) from the Autonomous Community of Castile-La Mancha. The tool used to measure this construct was motor competence perception in physical education.


Motor competence perception is yet another factor to be developed as part of the acquisition of a healthy lifestyle, particularly by girls. The educational setting in joint coordination with the parents should contribute to the formation of the students' full, well-balanced personality alongside the acquisition of healthy daily habits.


The statistical analysis performed revealed greater motor competence perception among male, normal weight, only child students in terms of their own experience and that of their schoolmates (p < 0.05).

Palavras-chave : physical activity; perceived competence; physical education; primary education.

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