Home Health Parents News Now Poor Motor Skills May Predict Academic Trouble Poor Motor Skills May Predict Academic Trouble By Holly Lebowitz Rossi January 03, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_71154418 30109 Scientists studied 8,061 Finnish children in a database that included weight, height, physical activity, parent-reported motor function at age 8 and academic achievement at 16. Poor motor function, physical inactivity and obesity, the researchers found, contribute independently and in complex interrelationships to academic underachievement. Poor motor function, in other words, may set a child on the developmental track to poor grades. The authors acknowledged that their data on motor function and physical activity relied on self-reports, which are not always reliable. Image: Toddler climbing stacks of books, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Poor Motor Skills May Predict Academic Trouble Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.