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Title: Fundamental movement skills, physical activity and weight status in British school children
Author: Bryant, Elizabeth Sarah
ISNI:       0000 0004 5355 3688
Awarding Body: Coventry University
Current Institution: Coventry University
Date of Award: 2015
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Fundamental movement skills (FMS) form the prerequisite for sporting and physical activities (Gallahue and Ozmun 2002). Research has attempted to understand this relationship between FMS and physical activity (PA) (Cliff et al., 2009). Method: Following institutional ethical consent for each experimental study, three primary schools from the same electoral wards in Coventry were used throughout this research. Children were assessed subjectively on eight FMS, objectively on two FMS, height, body mass, skinfold thickness, habitual PA and physical self-perception. Additionally children were involved in a six week PA intervention with the aim of teaching and developing children's FMS and increasing PA and physical self-perception. Statistics Package for Social Science (SPSS) was used to analyse results throughout this research. Results: significant inconsistencies were noted in FMS development throughout age (MANOVA, p<0.05); significant gender bias was noted between specific FMS (MANOVA, p<0.05); significant negative correlations were found between weight status and specific FMS (Pearson's product, p<0.05); a combination of previous and current FMS mastery best predict current habitual PA level; FMS, PA, weight status and self-perception can be positively influenced via a six week PA intervention. Conclusion: the importance of children mastering FMS at an early age is associated with PA levels during childhood. Furthermore, effective methods of teaching FMS have become apparent and further research should focus on this to influence PE policy and the teachers in the UK.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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