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Fundamental Movement Skills of Preschool Children in Northwest England

Foulkes, JD and Stratton, G and O Dwyer, MV and Knowles, ZR and Ridgers, ND and Foweather, LF (2015) Fundamental Movement Skills of Preschool Children in Northwest England. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 121 (1). pp. 260-283. ISSN 1558-688X

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Summary. - This cross-sectional study examined fundamental movement skill competency among deprived preschool children in Northwest England and explored sex differences. A total of 168 preschool children (age 3-5 years) were included in the study. Twelve skills were assessed using the Children’s Activity and Movement in Preschool Motor Skills Protocol and video analysis. Sex differences were explored using independent t-tests, Mann-Whitney U-test and Chi Square analysis at the subtest, skill and component levels, respectively. Overall competence was found to be low amongst both sexes, although it was higher for locomotor skills than for object-control skills. Similar patterns were observed at the component level. Boys had significantly better object-control skills than girls, with greater competence observed for the kick and overarm throw, whilst girls were more competent at the run, hop and gallop. The findings of low competency suggest that developmentally-appropriate interventions should be implemented in preschool settings to promote movement skills, with targeted activities for boys and girls.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science, 1701 Psychology, 1702 Cognitive Science
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Ammons Scientific
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2015 13:52
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2016 23:50
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1631

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