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J Sci Med Sport. 2018 Sep;21(9):975-979. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2018.01.014. Epub 2018 Feb 7.

The Athletic Skills Track: Age- and gender-related normative values of a motor skills test for 4- to 12-year-old children.

Author information

1
Research Group Healthy Lifestyle in a Supporting Environment, Faculty of Health, Nutrition & Sport, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. Electronic address: j.j.a.a.hoeboer@hhs.nl.
2
Department Institute for ICT, HU University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands; Department of Information Technology and Services, The Netherlands.
3
Research Group Healthy Lifestyle in a Supporting Environment, Faculty of Health, Nutrition & Sport, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands.
4
Department of Human Movement Sciences, Faculty of Behavioural and Human Movement Science, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of the presented study is to provide age- and gender-related normative values and MQ values for a motor skills test, the Athletic Skills Track, among 4- to 12-year-old children.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional.

METHODS:

In 2016, a total of 7977 Dutch children, 4036 boys (mean age 8.6 years, SD 2.1) and 3941 girls (mean age 8.6 years, SD 2.1), performed an age-related version of the Athletic Skills Track (AST). The AST is a track consisting of 5-7 fundamental movement skill tasks that should be completed as fast as possible. The children performed the test during a regular physical education (PE) lesson under the supervision of their own PE teacher. For each version of the AST (AST-1: n=917; AST-2: n=3947; AST-3: n=3213) age- and gender-related reference centiles were derived from the gathered data using the Lambda, Mu, Sigma (LMS) method.

RESULTS:

All children completed the AST within 60s (mean 29.6s, SD 7.7). An independent samples t-test showed that boys were significantly faster in completing the track than girls, except for the 4-year-old boys. Therefore, age- and gender-related reference centiles were derived. The reference curves demonstrate an almost linear decrease in time to complete AST-1 and AST-2 with increasing age.

CONCLUSIONS:

The present study provides age- and gender-related normative values and MQ values for the AST among 4- to 12-year-old Dutch children. With these normative values PE teachers can interpret children's performance on the AST.

KEYWORDS:

Child; Motor competence test; Motor skills; Physical activity; Physical education

PMID:
29428503
DOI:
10.1016/j.jsams.2018.01.014
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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