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Table 1 Descriptives and sex differences for children’s background, fundamental movement skills and physical activity

From: Fundamental movement skills and physical activity among children living in low-income communities: a cross-sectional study

  All Girls Boys Sex difference
  n Mean SD n Mean SD n Mean SD P
Background  
  Age (years) 460 8.5 0.6 249 8.5 0.6 211 8.6 0.7 0.123
  BMI-z score 458 0.75 1.25 248 0.67 1.22 210 0.84 1.29 0.156
  SESa 460 3 2 249 3 2 211 3 2 0.879
FMS (raw)  
  Locomotor skills 430 25.7 5.8 220 26.4 5.2 210 24.9 6.3 0.008*
  Object-control skills 456 24.2 6.2 247 21.9 5.3 209 26.8 6.0 0.000*
Physical activity  
  Total daily MVPA minutes 220 54.8 19.7 125 49.1 17.0 95 61.9 20.6 0.000*
  Lunchtime MVPA minutes 325 5.4 3.8 185 4.6 3.3 140 6.5 4.1 0.000*
  Recess MVPA minutes 325 5.8 4.4 185 4.8 4.1 140 7.0 4.5 0.000*
  After-school MVPA minutes 325 15.5 11.7 185 14.4 13.2 140 16.9 9.3 0.039*
  1. Abbreviations: FMS, fundamental movement skills; MVPA, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity; BMI, body mass index; SES, socio-economic status.
  2. aSocio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) index of relative socio-economic disadvantage (1 = most disadvantaged, 10 = least disadvantaged). *Significant difference between girls and boys, P < 0.05.