Effects of fundamental movement skills training on children with developmental coordination disorder

Jie YU, Cindy H. P. SIT, Angus BURNETT, Catherine Mamaid CAPIO, Amy S. C. HA, Wendy Y. J. HUANG

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of fundamental movement skills (FMS) training on FMS proficiency, self-perceived physical competence (SPC), physical activity (PA), and sleep disturbance in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) compared with children with typical development (TD). A total of 84 children were allocated into either experimental group (DCD[exp], TD[exp]) who received 6 weeks of FMS training or control groups (DCD[con], TD[con]). FMS were assessed using the Test of Gross Motor Development-2, whereas PA was monitored using accelerometers. SPC and sleep disturbance were evaluated using questionnaires. Results showed that the DCD[exp] group had significantly higher scores in FMS and SPC compared with the DCD[con] group at posttest. The DCD[exp] group scored lower in sleep disturbance at follow-up when compared with posttest. It is suggested that short-term FMS training is effective in improving FMS and SPC and reducing sleep disturbances for children with DCD. Copyright © 2016 Human Kinetics, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-155
JournalAdapted Physical Activity Quarterly
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

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Yu, J., Sit, C. H. P., Burnett, A., Capio, C. M., Ha, A. S. C., & Huang, W. Y. J. (2016). Effects of fundamental movement skills training on children with developmental coordination disorder. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 33(2), 134-155. doi: 10.1123/APAQ.2015-0008

Keywords

  • Perceived competence
  • Sleep
  • Intervention