Developing Movement Efficiency Between 7 and 9 Years of Age

in Motor Control

Click name to view affiliation

Ida Maria Bosga-Stork
Search for other papers by Ida Maria Bosga-Stork in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
Jurjen Bosga
Search for other papers by Jurjen Bosga in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
, and
Ruud G.J. Meulenbroek
Search for other papers by Ruud G.J. Meulenbroek in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
Restricted access

This longitudinal study examined the movement efficiency of typically developing children between 7 and 9 years of age by scrutinizing their movement amplitudes and frequencies as they settled into a loop-writing task in which both parameters were prescribed. It was hypothesized that during the first three grades at primary school children would show increasing efficiency in exploiting the inverse relationship between movement amplitude and frequency when adjusting their movement errors. Whereas a clear developmental trend showed increasing efficiency with respect to the way in which the primary school children met the amplitude constraints, a more variable pattern was found for the age-dependent adjustments to the frequency requirements. At the level of parameter-error corrections from one cycle to the next, a marginal developmental trend was observed. Results are discussed in terms of contrasting effects between educational targets and movement-efficiency principles.

Bosga-Stork and Bosga are with the Praktijk Bosga-Stork, De Beaufortweg, Netherlands. Meulenbroek is with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Netherlands.

  • Collapse
  • Expand
All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 1257 416 105
Full Text Views 2 1 0
PDF Downloads 4 2 0