Validity of an Athletic Skills Track among 6-to 12-year-old children

J. Hoeboer, S De Vries, M Krijger-Hombergen, R. Wormhoudt, A. Drent, Kai Krabben, G.J.P. Savelsbergh

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The purpose of this study was to examine the feasibility and validity of an Athletic Skills Track (AST) to assess fundamental movement skills among 6- to 12-year-old children in a physical education setting. Four hundred sixty-three Dutch children (211 girls, 252 boys) completed three tests: the Körperkoordinationstest für Kinder (KTK) and two Athletic Skills Tracks (AST-1, AST-2). The validity of AST-1 and AST-2 was examined by correlating the time (s) needed to complete the tracks and the KTK Motor Quotient (MQ). Overall, there was a low correlation between AST-1 and the KTK MQ (r = –0.474 (P < 0.01)) and a moderate correlation between AST-2 and the KTK MQ (r = –0.502 (P < 0.01)). When split up by age group the associations were much higher and ranged between r = –0.469 and r = –0.767), with the exception of the low correlation coefficient of the AST-2 in 7-year-olds. The results indicate that fundamental movement skills of 6- to 12-year-old children can be assessed with a quick, convenient and low-cost motor competence test in a physical education setting, i.e., an Athletic Skills Track. Future studies should further assess the reliability, discriminative ability and validity of age-specific versions of the AST.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2095-2105
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Volume34
Issue number21
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Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Hoeboer, J. ; De Vries, S ; Krijger-Hombergen, M ; Wormhoudt, R. ; Drent, A. ; Krabben, Kai ; Savelsbergh, G.J.P. / Validity of an Athletic Skills Track among 6-to 12-year-old children. In: Journal of Sports Sciences. 2016 ; Vol. 34, No. 21. pp. 2095-2105.
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Validity of an Athletic Skills Track among 6-to 12-year-old children. / Hoeboer, J.; De Vries, S; Krijger-Hombergen, M; Wormhoudt, R.; Drent, A.; Krabben, Kai; Savelsbergh, G.J.P.

In: Journal of Sports Sciences, Vol. 34, No. 21, 2016, p. 2095-2105.

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