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The relationships between gross motor coordination and sport-specific skills in adolescent non-athletes

Daniel V. Chagas
1
,
John Ozmun
2
,
Luiz Alberto Batista
1

1.
Rio de Janeiro State University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2.
Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, USA
Online publish date: 2018/02/26
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Purpose
While the usefulness of gross motor coordination score as predictor of sports performance in young athletes has been demonstrated, practical applications in the settings where the focus is not on elite performance is limited. Further, little is known about the extent to which gross motor coordination score is associated with sport-specific skills among adolescent non-athletes. The aim of this study was to analyse the relationship between the degree of gross motor coordination and execution in specific volleyball tests among adolescent non-athletes.

Methods
The total of 34 students (27 females and 7 males) aged 13–14 years who regularly participated in volleyball during physical education classes were randomly recruited. Gross motor coordination was assessed with the Körperkoordinationstest für Kinder. Motor performance on volley-specific skills was indicated by two product-oriented tasks: volleyball under service and service reception. Correlation and linear regression analyses were applied to examine the associations between motor coordination scores and motor performance in volley-specific skills.

Results
Motor coordination score was positively correlated with motor performance on specific skills (r = 0.503, p = 0.02). Linear regression analysis revealed that motor coordination score accounted for 23% of the variance in the motor performance on volleyball skills (R2 = 0.253, R2 adjusted = 0.230, F = 10.836, p = 0.02).

Conclusions
The degree of gross motor coordination seems to play a significant role in the execution of specific volleyball tasks.

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motor skills, adolescents, volleyball, physical education, school sports

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