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The Relationship between Actual Fundamental Motor Skill Proficiency, Perceived Motor Skill Confidence and Competence, and Physical Activity in 8–12-Year-Old Irish Female Youth

The Age-Related Association of Movement in Irish Adolescent Youth

School of Education, Sports Studies and Physical Education, University College Cork, 2 Lucan Place, Western Road, Cork, Ireland
School of Arts Education and Movement, Dublin City University, Institute of Education, St. Patrick’s Campus, Dublin, Ireland
School of Health and Human Performance, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
Research Centre for Applied Biological and Exercise Sciences, Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK
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Sports 2017, 5(4), 77;
Received: 1 August 2017 / Revised: 22 September 2017 / Accepted: 26 September 2017 / Published: 2 October 2017
(1) Background: Research has shown that post-primary Irish youth are insufficiently active and fail to reach a level of proficiency across basic movement skills. The purpose of the current research was to gather cross-sectional baseline data on Irish adolescent youth, specifically the prevalence of movement skills and patterns, in order to generate an overall perspective of movement within the first three years (Junior Certificate level) of post-primary education. (2) Methods: Data were collected on adolescents (N = 181; mean age: 14.42 ± 0.98 years), attending two, mixed-gender schools. Data collection included 10 fundamental movement skills (FMS) and the seven tests within the Functional Movement Screen (FMS™). The data set was analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20.0 for Windows. (3) Results: Overall, levels of actual mastery within fundamental and functional movement were low. There were statistically significant age-related differences observed, with a progressive decline as age increased in both the object control (p = 0.002) FMS sub-domain, and the in-line lunge (p = 0.048) test of the FMS™. (4) Conclusion: In summary, we found emerging evidence that school year group is significantly associated with mastery of movement skills and patterns. Results from the current study suggest that developing a specifically tailored movement-oriented intervention would be a strategic step towards improving the low levels of adolescent fundamental and functional movement proficiency. View Full-Text
Keywords: age; fundamental movement skills; functional movement screen; adolescent age; fundamental movement skills; functional movement screen; adolescent
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Lester, D.; McGrane, B.; Belton, S.; Duncan, M.J.; Chambers, F.C.; O’Brien, W. The Age-Related Association of Movement in Irish Adolescent Youth. Sports 2017, 5, 77.

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Lester, Diarmuid, Bronagh McGrane, Sarahjane Belton, Michael J. Duncan, Fiona C. Chambers, and Wesley O’Brien. 2017. "The Age-Related Association of Movement in Irish Adolescent Youth" Sports 5, no. 4: 77.

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