Evaluating motor competence interventions for children’s physical activity, fitness, health and academic performance
ISPAH ePoster Library. Duncan M. Oct 15, 2018; 225168; 243
Prof. Michael Duncan
Prof. Michael Duncan
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Abstract Development of motor competence is a key pillar of school Physical Education (PE) curricula worldwide and a correlates of health enhancing physical activity (PA), yet a leading antecedent of low motor proficiency is likely caused by early or single sport specialisation, where bias is directed towards more sport-specific activity at the expense of more global FMS development. There is thus a need to examine the efficacy of interventions aimed at enhancing motor competence in children. Such information is particularly important for exercise scientists, youth sports coaches, physical educationalists and public health practitioners. This session will outline results from 2 recent interventions that have used innovative approaches to create positive trajectories of health through motor competence in British children. In the first instance, data will be presented from a cluster randomised controlled trial, examining the effects of integrative neuromuscular training on process and product motor competence and physical self-efficacy, in 94 British children aged 6-7 years old. The second part of this lecture will present data from a randomised controlled trial on the effect of a combined movement and storytelling intervention on measures of motor competence, PA and academic achievement in British pre-schoolers. The lecture will then present evidence based recommendations for the design and implementation of motor competence interventions for health benefit and PA amongst children.
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