Assessment of motor performance in Brazilian children at school age

Carlos R. Rodrigues

Antonio Cesar Cabral

Luis P. Rodríguez

Sara Marquez

*Corresponding author: Sara Márquez

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Rodrigues, C. R., Cesar Cabra, A., Rodríguez, L. P., & Márquez, S. (2007). Assessment of motor performance in Brazilian children at school age. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 89, 31-39.



Motor performance was evaluated by the Lincoln-Oseretsky Motor Development Scale in a group of 1.232 students, aged 5 to 16 years, from the public school system in Aracajú (Brasil). Results obtained demonstrate the existence of a progression in the development of motor capacities, with gender differences attributable both to biological and environmental factors. Motor age was significantly lower than chronological age in the whole range of ages studied, being also lower to the motor age of an equivalent sample of European children. This could be, at least partially, a consequence of a lack of enough enriching motor experiences both in the familiar and school environment.

Keywords: Brazil, Children, Motor Proficiency, Physical Activity, Tests.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Published: July 1, 2007