Optimising childhood movement in Ireland: The fundamental ‘building blocks’
ISPAH ePoster Library. O' Brien W. 10/15/18; 225167; 261
Dr. Wesley O' Brien
Dr. Wesley O' Brien
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Abstract Introduction/Background: The prominence of ‘motor competency’ is now considered to be a critically important correlate of regular childhood physical activity participation and health-related fitness. Yet, most recent research has shown that the majority of Irish children and youth are insufficiently active and fail to reach a level of proficiency across basic movement skills. This lecture will present the performance of selected fundamental movement skills amongst 5- to 16- year olds (N=995) over a six-year timeline. Method: Baseline data for fundamental movement skills were collected between 2010 and 2017, specifically as part of selected larger longitudinal childhood physical activity and movement-oriented intervention studies in Ireland. The following sample range of fundamental movement skills were assessed, with the use of reliable instrument protocol; run, skip, horizontal jump, vertical jump, leap, gallop, slide, hop, kick, catch, overhand throw, strike, underarm roll, stationary dribble and balance. To ensure participant consistency in both primary and post-primary school settings, no feedback from any of the trained field staff were given during individual skill performances. Results and Conclusion:<\b>
Overall, preliminary results across this large sample suggest that participants within Irish primary and post-primary schools are performing fundamental movement skills at a low level, in light of their expected age-related equivalence for movement proficiency. The lecture will use this example data to present key next steps for enhancing movement in European children.
Abstract Introduction/Background: The prominence of ‘motor competency’ is now considered to be a critically important correlate of regular childhood physical activity participation and health-related fitness. Yet, most recent research has shown that the majority of Irish children and youth are insufficiently active and fail to reach a level of proficiency across basic movement skills. This lecture will present the performance of selected fundamental movement skills amongst 5- to 16- year olds (N=995) over a six-year timeline. Method: Baseline data for fundamental movement skills were collected between 2010 and 2017, specifically as part of selected larger longitudinal childhood physical activity and movement-oriented intervention studies in Ireland. The following sample range of fundamental movement skills were assessed, with the use of reliable instrument protocol; run, skip, horizontal jump, vertical jump, leap, gallop, slide, hop, kick, catch, overhand throw, strike, underarm roll, stationary dribble and balance. To ensure participant consistency in both primary and post-primary school settings, no feedback from any of the trained field staff were given during individual skill performances. Results and Conclusion:<\b>
Overall, preliminary results across this large sample suggest that participants within Irish primary and post-primary schools are performing fundamental movement skills at a low level, in light of their expected age-related equivalence for movement proficiency. The lecture will use this example data to present key next steps for enhancing movement in European children.
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