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Revista de la Facultad de Medicina

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ROSA-GUILLAMON, Andrés; GARCIA-CANTO, Eliseo; RODRIGUEZ-GARCIA, Pedro Luís  and  PEREZ-SOTO, Juan José. Physical condition and quality of life in schoolchildren aged between 8 and 12. [online]. 2017, vol.65, n.1, pp.37-42. ISSN 0120-0011.


Physical condition (PC) is an important physiological indicator of the health status of the general population, and particularly of schoolchildren.


To analyze the relationship between PC and quality of life (QL) in a sample of elementary school children.

Materials and methods:

A cross-sectional study, involving 298 schoolchildren (159 women and 139 men) from Murcia, Spain, aged between 8 and 12, was conducted during the 2013-2014 period. PC was assessed using the ALPHA-fitness battery and its level (low, medium and high) were categorized based on previous studies; QL was assessed using the KIDSCREEN-10 Index questionnaire. To establish the relationship between both variables, a simple variance analysis was performed.


The overall PC value was positively associated with QL (F=3.997, p=0.019).


The results suggest that students with a better PC have a higher QL. Intervention studies aimed at PC development are necessary to evaluate possible improvements of QL levels in young people.

Keywords : Child Welfare; Physical Fitness; Exercise; Child (MeSH)..

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