Associations between basic motor competencies, club sport participation, and social relationships among primary school children

Kress, Johanna. Associations between basic motor competencies, club sport participation, and social relationships among primary school children. 2022, Master Thesis, University of Basel, Faculty of Medicine.

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Children learn and deepen their motor competencies in a social context. Basic motor competencies (BMC) enable children to actively co-act and participate in sports situations with peers. Participation in club sport activities has a positive influence on the development of motor and social competencies. The purpose of this study is to describe the connection between BMC, club sport participation and interpersonal relationship skills in 6 to 8 years old children. In the present study, the BMC of N = 880 first and second grade primary school children (48.9% girls, age: M = 90.36 months, SD = 6.90) in Switzerland were tested in the competence domain of self-movement and object movement. The children’s club sport participation and the social relationship skills were recorded from the parents’ perspective. Data were analysed by using correlations and mixed regressions. The results show a connection between relationship skills, BMC and club sports participation in school children. For boys significant correlations were found between relationship skills and BMC (r = .186, p ≤ .01) so as with the club sport frequency (r = .184, p ≤ .01), for girls just the correlation between relationship skills and club sport frequency (r = .137, p ≤ .01) was significant. The frequency of club sport participation (β = .13, p = .009), motor competencies (β = .09, p = .016) and sex (β = .10, p = .004) of the children were found to be predictors for the relationship skills. The results of this study suggest that children with higher motor competencies and children who participate more often in club sport demonstrate to have better social skills. These findings are relevant as they indicate a link between motor competencies and psychosocial well-being in middle childhood.
Keywords: fundamental movement skills, sport, club sport participation, social relationships, physical education, primary school
Advisors:Seelig, Harald and Herrmann, Christian
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Sport, Bewegung und Gesundheit > Bereich Sportwissenschaft > Sportwissenschaften (Pühse)
UniBasel Contributors:Seelig, Harald and Herrmann, Christian
Item Type:Thesis
Thesis Subtype:Master Thesis
Thesis no:1
Thesis status:Complete
Last Modified:01 Mar 2023 05:30
Deposited On:28 Feb 2023 15:02

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