The Applicability of a Short Form of the Körperkoordinationstest für Kinder for Measuring Motor Competence in Children Aged 6 to 11 Years

in Journal of Motor Learning and Development
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  • 1 University of Newcastle
  • | 2 Universiteit Gent
  • | 3 University of Notre Dame–Sydney
  • | 4 University of Technology Sydney
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This study aimed to determine if the Körperkoordinationstest für Kinder (KTK) remained a valid assessment of motor competence following the removal of the hopping for height subtest (KTK3). Children (n = 2479) aged 6–11 years completed all KTK subtests (KTK4) and motor quotient sum scores (MQS) were determined for the KTK3 and KTK4. Classifications were established as MQS below percentile 5 (P5), MQS between percentile 5–15 (P15), MQS between percentile 15–50 (P15–50), MQS between percentile 50–85 (P50–85), MQS between percentile 85–95 (P85), and MQS higher than percentile 95 (P95). Pearson’s correlation (r = .97) and cross-tabs (Chi2 = 6822.53, p < .001; Kappa = 0.72) identified substantial agreement overall between the KTK3 and KTK4. However, when classified into separate age and gender categories, poor agreement (< 60%) was found in girls: P15 at 8–11 years and P85 at 6–7 years; and in boys: P5 and P15 at 6 years, P85 at 8 years, and P15 at 10 years. Researchers should consider these findings when selecting which KTK protocol to use.

Novak, Bennett, and Beavan are with the Applied Sports Science and Exercise Testing Laboratory, University of Newcastle, Ourimbah, NSW, Australia. Pion and Lenoir are with the Dept. of Movement and Sports Sciences, Universiteit Gent, Gent, Belgium. Spiteri is with the School of Health Sciences, Rural Health Club of the University of Notre Dame Sydney, Broadway, NSW, Australia. Fransen is with the Sport and Exercise Discipline Group, University of Technology Sydney, Broadway, NSW, Australia.

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