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The Effects of Combined Movement and Storytelling Intervention on Motor Skills in South Asian and White Children Aged 5–6 Years Living in the United Kingdom

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Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences, Coventry University, Coventry CF4W + VG, UK
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School of Social and Health Sciences, Sport, Health and Physical Educatioon, Leeds Trinity University, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HD, UK
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School of Human Sciences, University of Derby, Derby DE22 1GB, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(10), 3391; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103391
Received: 31 March 2020 / Revised: 1 May 2020 / Accepted: 8 May 2020 / Published: 13 May 2020
Early motor development has an important role in promoting physical activity (PA) during childhood and across the lifespan. Children from South Asian backgrounds are less active and have poorer motor skills, thus identifying the need for early motor skill instruction. This study examines the effect of a movement and storytelling intervention on South Asian children’s motor skills. Following ethics approval and consent, 39 children (46% South Asian) participated in a 12-week movement and storytelling intervention. Pre and post, seven motor skills (run, jump, throw, catch, stationary dribble, roll, and kick) were assessed using Children’s Activity and Movement in Preschool Study protocol. At baseline, South Asian children had poorer performance of motor skills. Following the intervention, all children improved their motor skills, with a bigger improvement observed for South Asian children. Early intervention provided remedial benefits to delays in motor skills and narrowed the motor skills gap in ethnic groups. View Full-Text
Keywords: motor skill instruction; fundamental movement skills; ethnicity; disadvantaged; locomotor; object control motor skill instruction; fundamental movement skills; ethnicity; disadvantaged; locomotor; object control
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Eyre, E.L.J.; Clark, C.C.T.; Tallis, J.; Hodson, D.; Lowton-Smith, S.; Nelson, C.; Noon, M.; Duncan, M.J. The Effects of Combined Movement and Storytelling Intervention on Motor Skills in South Asian and White Children Aged 5–6 Years Living in the United Kingdom. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3391. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103391

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Eyre ELJ, Clark CCT, Tallis J, Hodson D, Lowton-Smith S, Nelson C, Noon M, Duncan MJ. The Effects of Combined Movement and Storytelling Intervention on Motor Skills in South Asian and White Children Aged 5–6 Years Living in the United Kingdom. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(10):3391. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103391

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Eyre, Emma L.J., Cain C.T. Clark, Jason Tallis, Danielle Hodson, Sean Lowton-Smith, Charlotte Nelson, Mark Noon, and Michael J. Duncan 2020. "The Effects of Combined Movement and Storytelling Intervention on Motor Skills in South Asian and White Children Aged 5–6 Years Living in the United Kingdom" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 10: 3391. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103391

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