Measuring the Concurrent Validity of the Athletic Skills Track Using Expert Judgment

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Johanna E.A. BrockenFaculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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John van der KampFaculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Human Movement and Education Research Centre, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Zwolle, The Netherlands

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Rene WormhoudtKNVB, Zeist, Utrecht, The Netherlands

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Matthieu L. LenoirDepartment of Movement and Sports Sciences, Ghent University, Gent, Belgium

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Geert J.P. SavelsberghFaculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Faculty of Sports and Nutrition, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Purpose: The aim of this study is to measure the concurrent validity of the Athletic Skills Track (AST) by examining whether its outcome score correlates with the holistic judgments of experts about the quality of movement. Method: Video recordings of children performing the AST were shown to physical education teachers who independently gave a holistic rating of the movement quality of each child. Results: Both intra- and interrater reliability of the teachers’ ratings were moderate to good. The holistic judgments on movement quality were significantly correlated with AST time, showing that higher ratings were associated with less time required to complete the track. Next, hierarchical stepwise regression indicated that in addition to the holistic rating, also age, but not gender, explained part of the variance in AST time. Conclusion: The findings show that the AST has good concurrent validity and provides a fast, indirect indication for quality of movement.

Savelsbergh (g.j.p.savelsbergh@vu.nl) is corresponding author, https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5795-2828

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