Movement skill assessment of typically developing preschool children: A review of seven movement skill assessment tools

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Abstract

Abstract
The importance of movement is often overlooked because it is such a natural part of human life. It is, however, crucial for a child's physical, cognitive and social development and experiences support learning and development of fundamental movement skills. The foundations of those skills are laid in early childhood and essential to encourage a physically active lifestyle. Fundamental movement skill performance can be evaluated by several assessment tools. The choice of a test will depend on the context in which the assessment is planned. This article compares seven assessment tools which are often referred to in European or international context. It discusses the tools' usefulness for the assessment of movement skill development in general population samples. After a brief description of each assessment tool the article focuses on contents, reliability, validity and normative data. A conclusion outline of strengths and weaknesses of all reviewed assessment tools focusing on their use in educational research settings is provided and stresses the importance of regular data collection of fundamental movement skill development among preschool children.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-168
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Sports Science and Medicine
Volume8
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2009

Keywords

  • preschool children
  • early childhood
  • psychomotor performance
  • motor development
  • validity
  • reliability

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