A holistic measurement model of movement competency in children

Rudd, J., Butson, M. L., Barnett, L., Farrow, D., Berry, J., Borkoles, E. and Polman, R. 2016, A holistic measurement model of movement competency in children, Journal of sports sciences, vol. 34, no. 5, pp. 477-485, doi: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1061202.

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Title A holistic measurement model of movement competency in children
Author(s) Rudd, J.
Butson, M. L.
Barnett, L.ORCID iD for Barnett, L. orcid.org/0000-0002-9731-625X
Farrow, D.
Berry, J.
Borkoles, E.
Polman, R.
Journal name Journal of sports sciences
Volume number 34
Issue number 5
Start page 477
End page 485
Total pages 9
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0264-0414
Keyword(s) body coordination
fundamental movement skills
movement competence
Summary Different countries have different methods for assessing movement competence in children; however, it is unclear whether the test batteries that are used measure the same aspects of movement competence. The aim of this paper was to (1) investigate whether the Test of Gross Motor Development (TGMD-2) and Körperkoordinations Test für Kinder (KTK) measure the same aspects of children’s movement competence and (2) examine the factorial structure of the TGMD-2 and KTK in a sample of Australian children. A total of 158 children participated (M age = 9.5; SD = 2.2). First, confirmatory factor analysis examined the independent factorial structure of the KTK and TGMD-2. Second, it was investigated whether locomotor, object control and body coordination loaded on the latent variable Movement Competency. Confirmatory factor analysis indicated an adequate fit for both the KTK and TGMD-2. An adequate fit was also achieved for the final model. In this model, locomotor (r = .86), object control (r = .71) and body coordination (r = .52) loaded on movement competence. Findings support our hypothesis that the TGMD-2 and KTK measure discrete aspects of movement competence. Future researchers and practitioners should consider using a wider range of test batteries to assess movement competence.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02640414.2015.1061202
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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