The Effects of SPARK Physical Education Program on Fundamental Motor Skills in 4-6 Year-Old Children

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Reza Mostafavi 1 , Vahid Ziaee 2 , * , Hakimeh Akbari 3 , Samaneh Haji-Hosseini 4

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How to Cite: Mostafavi R , Ziaee V, Akbari H, Haji-Hosseini S. The Effects of SPARK Physical Education Program on Fundamental Motor Skills in 4-6 Year-Old Children, Iran J Pediatr. 2013 ; 23(2):216-219.

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Iranian Journal of Pediatrics: 23 (2); 216-219
Published Online: January 19, 2013
Article Type: Rapid Communication
Received: August 20, 2012
Accepted: November 08, 2015

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Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of SPARK Physical Education (PE) program on fundamental motor skills in 4-6 year children. SPARK (Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids) is an evidence based PE program designed in order to promote the lifelong wellbeing.
Methods: In total, 90 children aged 4 to 6 years were selected randomly. The children were allocated into 3 groups with separate PE programs: 1-SPARK, 2-Gymnastics and 3-Routine activity. Using the Test of Gross Motor Development (TGMD-2), a pretest was done in all groups. Afterwards, SPARK and Gym PE programs were performed for 8 weeks and 3 sessions each week. The third group used to do the routine physical education program in their daycare. After 8 weeks (24 sessions), the post tests were done for all groups with the same scoring system as the pretest.
Findings: The results showed that the SPARK program had a higher efficacy on the promotion of the fundamental motor skills comparing to the routine physical education programs or gymnastics PE group.
Conclusion: SPARK can be used as an appropriate alternative in order to promote the children’s motor skills.

 

Keywords

Gross Motor Routine Activity Gymnastics Wellness

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