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A Ten-Week Motor Skills Training Program Increases Motor Coordination in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder

Version 1 : Received: 20 October 2021 / Approved: 25 October 2021 / Online: 25 October 2021 (10:23:34 CEST)

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Saidmamatov, O.; Raximov, Q.; Rodrigues, P.; Vasconcelos, O. A Ten-Week Motor Skills Training Program Increases Motor Competence in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Children 2021, 8, 1147. Saidmamatov, O.; Raximov, Q.; Rodrigues, P.; Vasconcelos, O. A Ten-Week Motor Skills Training Program Increases Motor Competence in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Children 2021, 8, 1147.

Journal reference: Children 2021, 8, 1147
DOI: 10.3390/children8121147

Abstract

The present study aimed to investigate the effect of a motor skills training program in children with DCD considering their gender. The Movement Assessment Battery for Children (MABC-2) classified the children and assessed skill changes over time. The study was implemented at four kindergartens in the Khorezm region of Uzbekistan. In the study, all children had DCD (5.17 ± 0.70 years; 10 girls), and all indicators on MABC-2 were less than 16 percent. Participants were divided into an experimental group (n=17) receiving ten weeks of motor skills training program for 45 min twice per week, the control group (n=7) proceeded with exercises of everyday living. All children in the experimental group had a significant increase in total percentile rank of MABC-2 and concerning each domain (manual dexterity; throwing and catching; balance). In the control group, a significant decrease in the total percentile rank of MABC-2 and each domain of MABC-2 was observed. The effectiveness of the intervention program was similar across both genders. The study supports that a period of 10 weeks of a motor skills training program can increase the quality of children's motor coordination and represent a valuable procedure for physical education specialists to enhance motor skills for children with DCD.

Keywords

Developmental coordination disorder (DCD); MABC-2; Motor skills training

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Sport Sciences & Therapy

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