Changes in Motor Repertoire Occur Throughout the Live, More Dramatically During Childhood. Physical Education Activities Play a Critical Role Improving Proficiency of Fundamental Motor Skills.
However, it is Still Unknown if Previous Improvements of These Skills Would Last for Future Experiences. Therefore, the Purpose of this Study was to Examine Fundamental Motor Skill Proficiency in
Children with Different Physical Education Intervention in the Following Years.
Seventeen Children Who Had Previous Physical Education (PE) and 15 Children who did Not Have Previous Physical Education (NPE), Throughout the First Grade of Elementary School, Participated of this
Study. All Children were Video Taped Performing the Locomotor and Object Control Skills of the TGMD-2, Proposed by Ulrich (2000), at the End of the First Grade and of the Third Grade. Three Evaluators
Inspected the Respective Motor Skill Performance and Scored Them, Based upon the Performance Criteria, Obtaining the Raw Score and Equivalent Motor Age.
The Results Showed that, at the End of the First Grade, the Locomotor Raw Score was Higher for the Children with PE, but Such Difference was Not Observed at the End of the Third Grade. For the Object
Control, Raw Score was Higher at the End of the First and Third Grades for the Children with PE Compared to the Children with NPE.
These Results Suggest that Physical Education Promotes Development of Fundamental Movement Skill Proficiency, which Persists for the Subsequent Years for Manipulative Motor Skills.