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Gender differences in motor skill proficiency from childhood to adolescence : a longitudinal study

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posted on 01.06.2010, 00:00 authored by Lisa BarnettLisa Barnett, E van Beurden, P Morgan, L Brooks, J Beard
Students' proficiency in three object control and three locomotor skills were assessed in 2000 (M age = 10.06 years, SD = 0.63) in New South Wales, Australia and in 2006-07 (M age = 16. 44 years, SD = 0. 64). In 2006-07, 266 students, 138 girls (51.9%) and 128 boys (48.1%), had at least one skill reassessed. Boys were more object control proficient than girls. Childhood object control proficiency significantly predicted (p =. 001) adolescent object control proficiency ([r.sup.2] = .39), and, while gender was significant (p = .001), it did not affect the relationship between these variables (p = .53). Because childhood object control proficiency is predictive of subsequent object control proficiency, developing skills in childhood is important.

History

Journal

Research quarterly for exercise and sport

Volume

81

Issue

2

Pagination

162 - 170

Publisher

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

Location

[Washington, D.C.]

ISSN

0270-1367

eISSN

2168-3824

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, Taylor & Francis