Fundamental movement skills proficiency in children with developmental coordination disorder: Does physical self-concept matter?

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

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to (1) examine differences in fundamental movement skills (FMS) proficiency, physical self-concept, and physical activity in children with and without developmental coordination disorder (DCD), and (2) determine the association of FMS proficiency with physical self-concept while considering key confounding factors. Method: Participants included 43 children with DCD and 87 age-matched typically developing (TD) children. FMS proficiency was assessed using the Test of Gross Motor Development - second edition. Physical self-concept and physical activity were assessed using self-report questionnaires. A two-way (group by gender) ANCOVA was used to determine whether between-group differences existed in FMS proficiency, physical self-concept, and physical activity after controlling for age and BMI. Partial correlations and hierarchical multiple regression models were used to examine the relationship between FMS proficiency and physical self-concept. Results: Compared with their TD peers, children with DCD displayed less proficiency in various components of FMS and viewed themselves as being less competent in physical coordination, sporting ability, and physical health. Physical coordination was a significant predictor of ability in object control skills. DCD status and gender were significant predictors of FMS proficiency. Conclusions: Future FMS interventions should target children with DCD and girls, and should emphasize improving object control skills proficiency and physical coordination.Implications for RehabilitationChildren with DCD tend to have not only lower FMS proficiency than age-matched typically developing children but also lower physical self-concept.Self-perceptions of physical coordination by children with DCD are likely to be valuable contributors to development of object control skills. This may then help to develop their confidence in performing motor skills.Children with DCD need supportive programs that facilitate the development of object control skills. Efficacy of training programs may be improved if children experience a greater sense of control and success when performing object control skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-51
Number of pages7
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Rehabilitation

User-Defined Keywords

  • Children
  • developmental coordination disorder
  • motor skills
  • physical self-concept


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