MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT OF PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN AT NATIONAL CHILD DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH CENTER, UNIVERSITI PENDIDIKAN SULTAN IDRIS (87 - 94)
Keywords:motor skill, pre-school children, locomotor, BMI, Introduction
Journal of Sports Science and Physical Education 3(1): 87–94, 2015 - The development of motor skills is fundamental to the continued movement and specific skills in the sport. The development of motor skills concurrent with their age allows them to acquire and master locomotor and object control skills through physical activity. This study aims to identify the gross motor developmental stage among six year old girls at the National Child Development Research Center, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris. This study focuses on the level of gross motor development and the relationship between Gross Motor Quotient (GMQ and Body Mass Index (BMI) of the children. Gross motor development data was obtained using the Test of Gross Motor Development, Second Edition (TGMD-2). BMI data was determined from existing formula. The gross motor development of the children in this study was 95%. This is based on the percentile level of gross motor development (GMQ percentile). Pearson correlation analysis showed a negative relationship between GMQ and BMI for these children.
Keywords: motor skill, pre-school children, locomotor, BMI