Navigation Links
Motor Skills Lag in Poor Preschoolers

Delays in running, catching, throwing lead to sedentary lifestyle, study finds

FRIDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- More than three-quarters of disadvantaged preschool children in the United States have trouble with basic motor skills, such as running, jumping, throwing and catching, a new study finds.

This means these children are at risk of giving up on physical activity and becoming obese teens and adults, the researchers added.

"These fundamental motor skills -- running and catching and throwing and kicking -- are the movement ABCs," study author Jackie Goodway, an associate professor of physical activity and educational services at Ohio State University, said in a news release from the school.

"If children don't learn the ABCs, they can't read. And if they don't learn basic motor skills they won't participate in sports or exercise. That's the problem we may be facing with the children in this study," Goodway added.

Goodway and colleagues tested 469 preschoolers enrolled in urban, state-funded programs for disadvantaged youth and found that 86 percent of the children were developmentally delayed in terms of basic motor skills. Girls and boys had similar scores on motor skills, but girls did much worse in object control activities, such as using a ball or a bat.

The study was recently published in the journal Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.

"Most people, even many educators, believe that motor skills just naturally develop in children, but our study shows that's clearly not true," Goodway said. "Like any skill, there needs to be instruction, there needs to be practice, there needs to be feedback. That's how children master these motor skills."

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about children and exercise.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Ohio State University, news release, April 26, 2010

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Motorcycle Fatalities Drop Sharply in U.S.
2. Law Firm Dussault and Zatir Settles Lawsuit Involving Nurse Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident
3. New Backpack for Cyclists Sends a Polite Message to Motorists: '3 Feet Please'
4. Sleep problems and sleepiness increase the risk of motor vehicle accidents in adolescents
5. Anesthetic approach stops pain without affecting motor function
6. Anesthetic Approach Stops Pain Without Affecting Motor Function
7. Traumatic brain injuries: Motor deficits can persist even after what appears to be a full recovery
8. Motorcycle Cancer Risk ELF EMF Radiation Emission Safety Proclamation to Gov. Schwarzenegger
9. Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions Introduces the NEW G4 37000 Series Stepper Motor Linear Actuator
10. Study shows new brain connections form rapidly during motor learning
11. Skin Care 2010 - Capitalize on Your Skills
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... Inevitably when people think Thanksgiving, they ... to buy during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday massage chair sales ... the Internet high and low to find the best massage chair deals, they can ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... real-time eReferral system for diagnostic imaging in the Waterloo region. Using the Ocean ... Nuclear Medicine tests directly from their electronic medical record (EMR) without the need ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... Somu ... As a franchise owner, Somu now offers travelers, value and care based Travel ... private cruise sales, as well as, cabin upgrades and special amenities such as, ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... The Catalent Applied Drug Delivery ... to integrate dose form selection in early phase drug development. The first of ... and bringing together the UK’s emerging life sciences companies, corporate partners, and investors, ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... Jobs in hospital medical ... professionals and offered by healthcare staffing agency Aureus Medical Group . ... of October 2015 among those searching for healthcare jobs through the company’s website, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... 2015 3D bioprinting market is ... a new report by Grand View Research Inc. Rising prevalence ... demands kidney transplantation is expected to boost the market growth, ... organ transplantation. --> 3D bioprinting market is ... a new report by Grand View Research Inc. Rising prevalence ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... Research and Markets ( ) ... Future Horizons and Growth Strategies in the Japanese ... Segment Forecasts, Competitive Intelligence, Emerging Opportunities" report ... --> This new 247-page report ... drug monitoring market, including emerging tests, technologies, instrumentation, ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... 2015 ) ... "2016 Future Horizons and Growth Strategies in ... Supplier Shares, Country Segment Forecasts, Competitive Intelligence, ... --> ) has announced ... Horizons and Growth Strategies in the French ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: