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Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
Tehran University of Medical Sciences Press
ISSN: 1018-4406
EISSN: 2008-2150
Vol. 23, No. 2, 2013, pp. 216-219
Bioline Code: pe13039
Full paper language: English
Document type: Short Communication
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Iranian Journal of Pediatrics, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2013, pp. 216-219

 en The Effects of SPARK Physical Education Program on Fundamental Motor Skills in 4-6 Year-Old Children
Mostafavi, Reza; Ziaee, Vahid; Akbari, Hakimeh & Haji-Hosseini, Samaneh

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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