The Impact of Gymnastics on Children’s Physical Self-Concept and Movement Skill Development in Primary Schools.

Rudd, J., Barnett, L., Farrow, D, Berry, J, Borkoles, E. and Polman, R. C.J., 2017. The Impact of Gymnastics on Children’s Physical Self-Concept and Movement Skill Development in Primary Schools. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 21 (2), 92 - 100.

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DOI: 10.1080/1091367X.2016.1273225

Abstract

This study evaluated the effectiveness of an 8-week gymnastics curriculum on children’s movement competence and their physical self-concept. There were 113 children (46% girls, 49% intervention) with a mean age of 9.4 years (SD = 1.8) that participated. Intervention children underwent 8 weeks of gymnastics and the comparison group continued with their standard curriculum. Age was a significant co-variate, a separate analysis was conducted on the lower (grades 2 and 4) and upper (grade 6) groups. The lower age group showed significant improvement in favor of the gymnastic group in fundamental movement skills. The upper age group showed a significant improvement for the control group in general body coordination and fundamental movement skills. For all grades, the physical self-concept showed a significant main effect in favor of the gymnastics group. The gymnastics intervention was found to be of particular benefit for developing children’s movement competence and physical self-concept in younger children.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1091-367X
Uncontrolled Keywords:fundamental movement skills; general body coordination; physical education; intervention
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:28019
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:20 Mar 2017 11:37
Last Modified:17 May 2017 11:37

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