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Percept Mot Skills. 2017 Apr;124(2):393-412. doi: 10.1177/0031512516685200. Epub 2017 Jan 10.

Effect of a 6-Week Active Play Intervention on Fundamental Movement Skill Competence of Preschool Children.

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1 Physical Activity Exchange, Research Institute for Sport & Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, UK.
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2 Department of Sport and Physical Activity, Edge Hill University, UK; Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, University of Limerick, Ireland.
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3 Applied Sports Technology Exercise and Medicine Research Centre College of Engineering, Swansea University, UK.
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4 Department of Policy and Communications, Early Childhood Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.
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5 Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (IPAN), School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University, Australia.
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6 Physical Activity Exchange, Research Institute for Sport & Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

Abstract

This study examined the effectiveness of an active play intervention on fundamental movement skills of 3- to 5-year-old children from deprived communities. In a cluster randomized controlled trial design, six preschools received a resource pack and a 6-week local authority program involving staff training with help implementing 60-minute weekly sessions and postprogram support. Six comparison preschools received a resource pack only. Twelve skills were assessed at baseline, postintervention, and at a 6-month follow-up using the Children's Activity and Movement in Preschool Study Motor Skills Protocol. One hundred and sixty-two children (Mean age = 4.64 ± 0.58 years; 53.1% boys) were included in the final analyses. There were no significant differences between groups for total fundamental movement skill, object-control skill or locomotor skill scores, indicating a need for program modification to facilitate greater skill improvements.

KEYWORDS:

active play; fundamental movement skills; intervention; preschool; randomized controlled trial

PMID:
28361654
DOI:
10.1177/0031512516685200
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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