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The Effectiveness of a Primary School Based Badminton Intervention on Children’s Fundamental Movement Skills

Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences, Coventry University, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK
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Sports 2020, 8(2), 11; https://doi.org/10.3390/sports8020011
Received: 20 November 2019 / Revised: 13 January 2020 / Accepted: 20 January 2020 / Published: 21 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Motor Competence in a Life Span Perspective)
This study examined the effects of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Shuttle Time program on fundamental movement skills (FMS) in English children. A total of 124 children; 66 in key stage 1 (ages 6–7 years) and 58 in key stage 2 (10–11 years) undertook the Shuttle Time program, once weekly for six weeks (n = 63) or acted as controls (n = 61). Pre, post and ten-weeks post, both process and product FMS were determined. Children in the intervention group, aged 6–7 years, had higher total process FMS (via test of gross motor development-2) compared to the control group at post and ten-weeks post intervention (both p = 0.0001, d = 0.6 and 0.7, respectively). There were no significant differences in process FMS scores for children aged 10–11 years. Ten-meter sprint speed decreased pre to post and was maintained at ten-weeks post for the intervention groups aged 6–7 years (p = 0.0001, d = 0.6) and 10–11 years (p = 0.001, d = 0.2) compared to control. Standing long jump distance increased pre to post (p = 0.0001, d = 0.8) and was maintained at ten-weeks post (p = 0.0001, d = 0.5) for the intervention group. Medicine ball throw performance increased pre to post (p = 0.0001, d = 0.3) for the intervention group. The BWF Shuttle Time program is beneficial in developing FMS for key stage 1 children (ages 6–7). View Full-Text
Keywords: physical education; motor skill; motor competence; test of gross motor development; object-control physical education; motor skill; motor competence; test of gross motor development; object-control
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Duncan, M.J.; Noon, M.; Lawson, C.; Hurst, J.; Eyre, E.L.J. The Effectiveness of a Primary School Based Badminton Intervention on Children’s Fundamental Movement Skills. Sports 2020, 8, 11.

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