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Appl Neuropsychol Child. 2021 Mar 25;1-9. doi: 10.1080/21622965.2021.1897814. Epub 2021 Mar 25.

Association between motor competence and executive functions in children.

Applied neuropsychology. Child

Maicon Rodrigues Albuquerque, Giovanna Vargas Consoli Rennó, Alessandro Teodoro Bruzi, Leonardo de Sousa Fortes, Leandro Fernandes Malloy-Diniz


  1. Neurosciences of Physical Activity and Sports Research Group, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
  2. Motor Behavior Laboratory, Physical Education Department, Universidade Federal de Lavras, Lavras, Brazil.
  3. Associate Graduate Program in Physical Education of Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil.
  4. Mental Health Department, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

PMID: 33765401 DOI: 10.1080/21622965.2021.1897814


Previous studies investigating the relationship between executive functions (EFs) and motor competence (MC) in typically developing children have produced inconsistent findings regarding the association's strength and nature. Thus, the present study aimed to explore the relationship between EFs and MC in typically developing children aged 6-11 years old. Additionally, we aimed to explore the relationship between EFs and MC in younger (6-8 years old) and older (9-11 years old) typically developing children. In total, 152 children of both sexes performed the Flanker/Reverse Flanker test, Tower of London, Raven's Colored Matrices, Körperkoordinations Test Für Kinder, and Test of Gross Motor Development. Using the global score of MC and EFs and controlling for age, our results showed a significant and medium correlation between MC and EFs (

Keywords: Association; executive functions; motor competence; older children; younger children

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