A holistic measurement model of movement competency in children.

Rudd, J., Butson, M.L., Barnett, L.M., Farrow, D., Berry, J., Borkoles, E. and Polman, R. C.J., 2016. A holistic measurement model of movement competency in children. Journal of Sports Sciences, 34 (5), pp. 477-485.

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DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1061202

Abstract

Different countries have different methods for assessing movement competence in children; however, it is unclear whether the test batteries that are used measure the same aspects of movement competence. The aim of this paper was to (1) investigate whether the Test of Gross Motor Development (TGMD-2) and Körperkoordinations Test für Kinder (KTK) measure the same aspects of children’s movement competence and (2) examine the factorial structure of the TGMD-2 and KTK in a sample of Australian children. A total of 158 children participated (M age = 9.5; SD = 2.2). First, confirmatory factor analysis examined the independent factorial structure of the KTK and TGMD-2. Second, it was investigated whether locomotor, object control and body coordination loaded on the latent variable Movement Competency. Confirmatory factor analysis indicated an adequate fit for both the KTK and TGMD-2. An adequate fit was also achieved for the final model. In this model, locomotor (r = .86), object control (r = .71) and body coordination (r = .52) loaded on movement competence. Findings support our hypothesis that the TGMD-2 and KTK measure discrete aspects of movement competence. Future researchers and practitioners should consider using a wider range of test batteries to assess movement competence.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0264-0414
Uncontrolled Keywords:body coordination ; fundamental movement skills ; movement competence
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:22300
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:28 Jul 2015 15:34
Last Modified:26 Sep 2016 14:28

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