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The Assessment of Preschool Children's Motor Skills After Familiarization with Motor Tests

Tomac, Zvonimir1; Hraski, Zeljko2; Sporis, Goran2

Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: July 2012 - Volume 26 - Issue 7 - p 1792–1798
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318237ea3b
Original Research

Abstract: Tomac, Z, Hraski, Z, and Sporis, G. The assessment of preschool children's motor skills after familiarization with motor tests. J Strength Cond Res 26(7): 1792–1798, 2012—This research study was conducted to establish the influence of familiarization on the information component of movement in a motor task for the assessment of preschool children's motor skills. The sample included 50 children whose mean age was 5.9 years (71.5 months). The experimental group consisted of 27 children who were 5.9 years (71.5 months) old, and the control group consisted of 23 children who were 5.9 years (71.5 months) old. The examinees performed 2 motor tasks, standing long jump (SJ, explosive strength) and standing on 1 leg on a beam “flamingo test” (FT, balance). The experimental group underwent a period of familiarization with the motor task in 3 sessions with 5 trials every 3 days. The results indicate statistically significant differences in the final testing between both groups of examinees; the experimental group mean was 112.73 cm, and the control group mean was 100.62 in the SJ test (p = 0.00), and the experimental group mean was 27.10 seconds and the control group mean was 15.01 seconds in the FT (for balance) (p = 0.00). The results obtained in this research indicate that children significantly improved the results in the motor test of strength and balance, being influenced by familiarization. It was confirmed that it was necessary for preschool children to be familiar with the test and it is not justified to use testing and assessment protocols and standards for adults. Physical educators and coaches, when testing preschool children, should introduce children to tests to obtain the best result.

1Faculty for Teacher Education, Department for Social Science, University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia

2Faculty of Kinesiology, Department for Applied Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

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