Samantha Moss

Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Larissa True, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Erik Lind, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Peter M. McGinnis, Ph.D.


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess relationships among actual motor competence, perceived motor competence, and health-related fitness in a college-aged population. Methods: A total of 76 participants from SUNY Cortland enrolled in an undergraduate Kinesiology course completed an informed consent form. Total data were obtained on 71 participants (male = 53; female = 18). Perceived motor competence (PMC) was assessed via the Physical Self Perception Profile questionnaire, which participants completed one week prior to remaining assessments. Motor competence (MC) was assessed by maximum throw and kick speed as well as maximum distance jumped. Health-related fitness (HRF) was assessed by a two-minute push-up test, two-minute sit-up test, and 20-meter Beep Test. Analysis: Pearson’s bivariate correlations were calculated to assess the relationships among PSPP total score, MC scores, and HRF scores for the total sample and separately by males and females. An overall MC index was calculated by averaging the maximum scores on throwing, kicking and jumping for each participant. An overall HRF index was calculated by averaging the maximum scores of push-ups, sit-ups and 20-meter Beep Test for each participant. Conclusion: MC, HRF, and PMC were differentially related for males and females. Overall, there were significant correlations between PSPP total score, MC index, and HRF index in a college-aged population. These findings may suggest that relationships among MC, HRF, and PMC strengthen over developmental time in young adults.