Can fundamental movement skill mastery be increased via a six week physical activity intervention to have positive effects on physical activity and physical self-perception?

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Bryant, E., Duncan, M., Birch, S. and James, R. 2016. Can fundamental movement skill mastery be increased via a six week physical activity intervention to have positive effects on physical activity and physical self-perception? Sports. 4 (1), pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.3390/sports4010010
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TitleCan fundamental movement skill mastery be increased via a six week physical activity intervention to have positive effects on physical activity and physical self-perception?
AuthorsBryant, E., Duncan, M., Birch, S. and James, R.
Abstract

Previous research has suggested a positive relationship between fundamental movement skills (FMS) mastery and physical activity (PA) level. Research conducted on interventions to improve FMS mastery is equivocal and further research is needed.An intervention group of 82 children (35 boys and 47 girls) and a control group of 83 children (42 boys and 41 girls) were recruited from Years 4 and 5 (mean age ± SD = 8.3 ± 0.4 years) of two schools in Central England. The intervention included a combination of circuits and dancing to music. Pre and post intervention tests were conducted. Tests included: subjective assessment of eight FMS; objective measurement of two FMS; four day pedometer step count recording; height and mass for Body Mass Index (BMI); and the completion of Harter et al.'s (1982) self-perception questionnaire.Following a two (pre to post) by two (intervention and control group) mixed-model ANOVA it was highlighted that the intervention group improved mastery in all eight FMS, and increased both daily steps and physical self-perception.It can be concluded that focussing one Physical Education (PE) lesson per week on the development of FMS has had a positive benefit on FMS, PA level and physical self-perception for the children in this study.

Research GroupSports Coaching and Education at the London Sport Institute
LanguageEnglish
PublisherMDPI
JournalSports
ISSN2075-4663
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Print16 Feb 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited17 Apr 2018
Accepted02 Feb 2016
Output statusPublished
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© 2016 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons by Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/sports4010010
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