Supervised physical training improves fine motor skills of 5-year-old children

Qi, Yugang and Tan, Sijie and Sui, Mingyang and Wang, Jianxiong (2018) Supervised physical training improves fine motor skills of 5-year-old children. Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte, 24 (1). pp. 9-12. ISSN 1517-8692

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Abstract

Introduction: Fine motor skills are important for children not only in the activities of daily living, but also for learning activities. In the present study, the effects of supervised physical training were investigated in normal children.

Objective: To evaluate the effects of supervised training by combining full-body exercise and the eye-hand coordination activities to improve fine motor skills in a group of five-year-old normal children.

Methods: Fifty-two children were selected and randomized in exercise and control groups. The exercise group participated in three 30-minute training sessions per week for 24 weeks.

Results: The fine motor skills and hand grip strength of the exercise group were significantly increased, while there was no significant change in the control group during the experimental period.

Conclusion: The results indicate that the current exercise training program is effective and can be applied to 5-year-old normal children to improve their fine motor skills. In addition, this program has simple physical activities that are appropriate to the physical and mental level of child development. The 30-minute training session would be easily implemented in the kindergarten program.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2018 02:20
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2018 02:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: physical training; motor skills; child
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110603 Motor Control
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1590/1517-869220182401177117
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33839

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