Effects of fundamental movement skills training on children with developmental coordination disorder

Jie Yu, Cindy H.P. Sit*, Angus Burnett, Catherine M. Capio, Amy S.C. Ha, Wendy Y J HUANG

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of fundamental movement skills (FMS) training on FMS proficiency, self-perceived physical competence (SPC), physical activity (PA), and sleep disturbance in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) compared with children with typical development (TD). A total of 84 children were allocated into either experimental group (DCD[exp], TD[exp]) who received 6 weeks of FMS training or control groups (DCD[con], TD[con]). FMS were assessed using the Test of Gross Motor Development-2, whereas PA was monitored using accelerometers. SPC and sleep disturbance were evaluated using questionnaires. Results showed that the DCD[exp] group had significantly higher scores in FMS and SPC compared with the DCD[con] group at posttest. The DCD[exp] group scored lower in sleep disturbance at follow-up when compared with posttest. It is suggested that short-term FMS training is effective in improving FMS and SPC and reducing sleep disturbances for children with DCD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-155
Number of pages22
JournalAdapted Physical Activity Quarterly
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

User-Defined Keywords

  • Intervention
  • Perceived competence
  • Sleep

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