The Relationship Between Fundamental Movement Skills and Physical Self-Perception Among Adolescent Girls

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This study aimed to explore the relationship between fundamental movement skills (FMS) and multiple levels of physical self-perception among early adolescent girls. The Victorian FMS Teachers’ Manual was used to measure actual FMS. Perceptions were measured using the Physical Self-Perception Profile and the Perceived Movement Skill Competence Scale. Pearson’s correlations assessed the association between FMS and each level of physical self-perception. General linear models, adjusting for potential confounders, were conducted to explore the relationship between FMS and multiple levels of physical self-perception. A total of 173 Australian girls (M = 12.48 years, SD = .34) had complete data. Results found positive moderate and significant associations between actual FMS and physical self-perception, perceived sports competence, and, to a lesser degree, perceived FMS. Actual and perceived object control skill were also moderately associated, but there was no association between actual and perceived locomotor skill. After adjusting for potential confounders, FMS remained a significant predictor of each level of perception in each model, except for locomotor skill. These findings are important for future intervention development to improve both actual and perceived FMS, particularly in object control skill, which has been identified as a predictor of subsequent physical activity.

Rogers is with the School of Psychology, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Lander and Barnett are with the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition; Lander is also with the School of Education; Barnett is also with the School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

Address author correspondence to the Natalie Lander at natalie.lander@deakin.edu.au.
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