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

J. J.A.A.M. Hoeboer, G. Ongena, M. Krijger-Hombergen, E. Stolk, G. J.P. Savelsbergh, S. I. de Vries

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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 60 s (mean 29.6 s, 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)975-979
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Volume21
Issue number9
Early online date7 Feb 2018
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Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018

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Keywords

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

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Hoeboer, J. J.A.A.M. ; Ongena, G. ; Krijger-Hombergen, M. ; Stolk, E. ; Savelsbergh, G. J.P. ; de Vries, S. I. / The Athletic Skills Track : Age- and gender-related normative values of a motor skills test for 4- to 12-year-old children. In: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2018 ; Vol. 21, No. 9. pp. 975-979.
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The Athletic Skills Track : Age- and gender-related normative values of a motor skills test for 4- to 12-year-old children. / Hoeboer, J. J.A.A.M.; Ongena, G.; Krijger-Hombergen, M.; Stolk, E.; Savelsbergh, G. J.P.; de Vries, S. I.

In: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Vol. 21, No. 9, 09.2018, p. 975-979.

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