Fundamental movement skills training to promote physical activity in children with and without disability: A pilot study

Catherine Mamaid CAPIO, Cindy H. P. SIT, Kathlynne F. EGUIA, Bruce ABERNETHY, Richard S. W. MASTERS

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Background: A positive association between fundamental movement skills (FMS) and physical activity (PA) has been shown in previous research of children with and without disability. This pilot study explored a causal mechanism for such relationship, and hypothesized that when FMS proficiency is improved, enhanced PA uptake will be found in children with and without disability. It was further hypothesized that improving FMS proficiency will have a greater impact on children with disability than those without disability. 

Methods: Participants include typically developing (TD) children without disability and children with cerebral palsy (CP), who were allocated to FMS training groups (CP-FMS n = 12, TD-FMS n = 13) and control groups (CP-C n = 12, TD-C n = 13). Training groups practiced five FMS (run, jump, kick, throw, catch) in weekly 45-min sessions for 4 weeks. Control groups had their regular physiotherapy (CP) or physical education (TD) sessions. FMS were evaluated using process- and product-oriented measures, and PA was measured using accelerometers, before and after training. 

Results: It was verified that training groups gained improvements in FMS while control groups did not. No significant changes in weekday PA were found. Increased weekend moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) was found in the CP-FMS group, while decreased weekend sedentary time was found in the CP-FMS and TD-FMS groups. The percentages of participants who exceeded the minimum detectable change (MDC90) in MVPA and sedentary time were larger in children with CP than in children without disability. 

Conclusion: The findings suggest that improved FMS proficiency could potentially contribute to heightened PA and decreased sedentary time during weekends for children. Such effect of improved FMS proficiency on PA appears to be greater in those with physical disability than in those without disability. It is recommended that the findings of this pilot study should be further examined in future research. Copyright © 2014, Shanghai University of Sport. Production and hosting by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-243
JournalJournal of Sport and Health Science
Issue number3
Early online date28 Aug 2014
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015


Disabled Children
Cerebral Palsy
Control Groups
Physical Education and Training


Capio, C. M., Sit, C. H. P., Eguia, K. F., Abernethy, B., & Masters, R. S. W. (2015). Fundamental movement skills training to promote physical activity in children with and without disability: A pilot study. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 4(3), 235-243. doi: 10.1016/j.jshs.2014.08.001


  • Cerebral palsy
  • Fundamental movement skills
  • Motor learning
  • Physical activity
  • Sedentary behavior
  • 腦性麻痹
  • 基礎動作技能
  • 運動學習
  • 體力活動
  • 久坐習慣
  • Alt. title: 促進健全和殘障兒童體力活動的基礎動作技巧訓練:一項初步研究