Fundamental movement skill interventions in youth: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Morgan, Philip J., Barnett, Lisa M., Cliff, Dylan P., Okely, Anthony D., Scott, Hayley A., Cohen, Kristen E. and Lubans, David R. (2013) Fundamental movement skill interventions in youth: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Pediatrics, 132 5: E1361-E1383. doi:10.1542/peds.2013-1167

Author Morgan, Philip J.
Barnett, Lisa M.
Cliff, Dylan P.
Okely, Anthony D.
Scott, Hayley A.
Cohen, Kristen E.
Lubans, David R.
Title Fundamental movement skill interventions in youth: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Journal name Pediatrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0031-4005
Publication date 2013-11-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1542/peds.2013-1167
Open Access Status
Volume 132
Issue 5
Start page E1361
End page E1383
Total pages 23
Place of publication Elk Grove Village, IL United States
Publisher American Academy of Pediatrics
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract BACKGROUND: Fundamental movement skill (FMS) proficiency is positively associated with physical activity and fitness levels. The objective of this study was to systematically review evidence for the benefits of FMS interventions targeting youth. METHODS: A search with no date restrictions was conducted across 7 databases. Studies included any school-, home-, or community-based intervention for typically developing youth with clear intent to improve FMS proficiency and that reported statistical analysis of FMS competence at both preintervention and at least 1 other postintervention time point. Study designs included randomized controlled trials (RCTs) using experimental and quasi-experimental designs and single group pre-post trials. Risk of bias was independently assessed by 2 reviewers. RESULTS: Twenty-two articles (6 RCTs, 13 quasi-experimental trials, 3 pre-post trials) describing 19 interventions were included. All but 1 intervention were evaluated in primary/elementary schools. All studies reported significant intervention effects for $1 FMS. Metaanalyses revealed large effect sizes for overall gross motor proficiency (standardized mean difference [SMD] = 1.42, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.68-2.16, Z = 3.77, P , .0002) and locomotor skill competency (SMD = 1.42, 95% CI 0.56-2.27, Z = 3.25, P = .001). A medium effect size for object control skill competency was observed (SMD = 0.63, 95% CI 0.28-0.98, Z = 3.53, P = .0004). Many studies scored poorly for risk of bias items. CONCLUSIONS: School- And community-based programs that include developmentally appropriate FMS learning experiences delivered by physical education specialists or highly trained classroom teachers significantly improve FMS proficiency in youth. Pediatrics 2013;132: E1361-e1383. Copyright
Keyword Children
Fundamental movement skills
Motor skills
Physical activity
Systematic review
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
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