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Revista de la Facultad de Medicina

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Abstract

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. rev.fac.med. [online]. 2017, vol.65, n.1, pp.37-42. ISSN 0120-0011.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/revfacmed.v65n1.59634.

Introduction:

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

Objective:

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.

Results:

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

Conclusions:

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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