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Physical Activity, Physical Fitness, Gross Motor Coordination, and Metabolic Syndrome: Focus of Twin Research in Portugal

  • José António Ribeiro Maia (a1), Daniel Santos (a1), Duarte Luis de Freitas (a2) and Martine Thomis (a3)

Abstract

A very brief history of Portuguese twin research in sport and human movement sciences is presented. Recruitment procedures, zygosity determination, and phenotypes are given for twins and their parents from the mainland, and Azores and Madeira archipelagos. Preliminary findings are mostly related to physical activity, health-related physical fitness, gross motor coordination, neuromotor development, and metabolic syndrome traits.

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Corresponding author

address for correspondence: José António Ribeiro Maia, CIFI2D, Faculty of Sport, University of Porto, Rua Dr. Plácido Costa 91, 4200-450 Porto, Portugal. E-mail: jmaia@fade.up.pt

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