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Gender Differences in the Level of Achievement of Gymnastic and Acrobatic Skills

Department of General and Specific Didactics, Faculty of Education, University of Alicante, 03690 Alicante, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(19), 7216; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197216
Received: 19 August 2020 / Revised: 26 September 2020 / Accepted: 30 September 2020 / Published: 2 October 2020
Physical education should provide the opportunities to progressively integrate motor tasks with different levels of complexity from early ages to adolescence. The objective of this research was to analyze gender differences in the level of achievement of basic acrobatic skills of students of physical activity sciences in their non-university stages. This cross-sectional study with descriptive design was carried out with a total of 675 first-year Spanish university students distributed over eight academic years. An initial test of two acrobatic skills was performed. The instruments used for data collection were a video camera and observation templates. The SPSS 26.0 computer program was used for data analysis. The main results show a poor and insufficient level of technical achievement by both genders, but more pronounced for men. The most deficient phases were those related to extension movements of different segments of the body and movements that require coordination and stability in the descent phases of acrobatics, and men were less flexible in both phases. Non-university training of the content associated with basic gymnastic and acrobatic skills is being deficient within the subject of physical education with a downward trend of not only the development of sports skills but also of physical abilities such as flexibility and strength. View Full-Text
Keywords: university students; gymnastics skills; motor learning; physical education university students; gymnastics skills; motor learning; physical education
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Ávalos-Ramos, M.A.; Vega-Ramírez, L. Gender Differences in the Level of Achievement of Gymnastic and Acrobatic Skills. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7216.

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