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Ivan Vrbik, Goran Sporiš, Lovro Štefan, Dejan Madić, Nebojša Trajković, Irena Valantine, and Zoran Milanović


The number of familiarization sessions in fitness assessments seems to be critical and inconsistent. Therefore, the primary aim of this research was to determine the number of familiarization attempts that stabilize the results in particular physical fitness tests. The secondary aim was to establish the test reliability through familiarization sessions.


Thirty-nine primary school children participated in this research (age: 10.8 years, body mass: 40.6 ± 8.9 kg, and body height: 145.3 ± 7.2 cm). During six sessions, with one session every third day, participants performed the following tests to assess explosive strength (vertical jump and standing long jump), coordination (polygon backward and polygon with turn) and flexibility (toe touch).


The results of repeated analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed that there were significant increases (p < .05) in the polygon backward and polygon with turn performances from the first to third familiarization session. The standard error of measurement decreased as sessions progressed, indicating little within subject variation between the coordination test results following a familiarization period. Statistically significant differences were identified in the vertical jump test from the fourth test session compared with the first session. On the other hand, statistically significant differences for the standing long jump test were only found in the final session compared with the initial session. In the toe touch test, there were no significant increases from the first to the final familiarization session. All tests showed high a reliability coefficients, ranging from 0.979 to 0.991.


Polygon backward and polygon with turn performance may be a practical, reliable method to assess coordination in primary school-aged children. However, completion of at least 3 practice sessions is suggested for participants to obtain a stable score. In addition, both jump tests are feasible for assessing skill-related fitness in young children, although the scientific reliability of the two tests should be questioned and the tests should be tailored to fit the age group of the children.

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Lowri C. Edwards, Anna S. Bryant, Kevin Morgan, Stephen-Mark Cooper, Anwen M. Jones, and Richard J. Keegan

structured physical activity, therefore positive, high-quality experiences of physical activity should be nurtured in primary schools ( Kirk, 2012 ). Such positive experiences are engendered by teachers delivering high-quality PE lessons ( Penney, Brooker, Hay, & Gillespie, 2009 ). High-quality PE can be

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Andrew Sortwell, Daniel A. Marinho, Jorge Knijnik, and Ricardo Ferraz

performance, can be termed “resistance training movement activities.” Resistance training movement activities (RMTA) can be safe and beneficial in the primary school physical education (PE) curriculum to enhance motor skill competencies, physical fitness, and related psychosocial factors and to enhance

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Cecilia Hoi Sze Chan, Amy Sau Ching Ha, and Johan Yau Yin Ng

, & Howlett, 2010a ; LeGear et al., 2012 ). Findings hold across age groups. A large proportion of primary school children were rated as non-proficient in most skills ( Foweather, 2010 ; Hume et al., 2008 ; van Beurden et al., 2003 ), while students arriving at secondary school were also found to not have

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Inimfon A. Essiet, Elyse Warner, Natalie J. Lander, Jo Salmon, Michael J. Duncan, Emma L.J. Eyre, and Lisa M. Barnett

and accountability systems ( DinanThompson & Penney, 2015 ). One article that explored stakeholders’ perspectives of PL assessment reported that, although primary school teachers in the United Kingdom recognized the importance of implementing PL assessment, they lacked appropriate training, guidance

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Daniel M. Cooke, Craig B. Harrison, Sarah-Kate Millar, and Simon Walters

standards, and policies around the world reference the development of MSC in primary school physical education (PE; Dos Santos et al., 2016 ; Education Wales, 2008 ; New Zealand Ministry of Education, 2015 ; SHAPE America, 2015 ). In New Zealand primary schools, the implementation of PE is the

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Lisa E. Bolger, Linda A. Bolger, Cian O’Neill, Edward Coughlan, Wesley O’Brien, Seán Lacey, and Con Burns

old) spend approximately 4.5–5.5 hours (class and school dependent) in primary school throughout the academic year (a minimum of 40% of their waking day) ( Department of Education and Skills, 2017 ). The primary school setting offers an ideal opportunity for the development of FMS. In addition

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Andrew Sortwell, Michael Newton, Daniel A. Marinho, Jorge Knijnik, and Rodrigo Ramirez-Campillo

increased inactivity and children being overweight, PE curriculum in schools is inclined to focus on time spent in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity ( Dauenhauer et al., 2019 ). Current physical activity interventions for primary school children also tend to overlook the critical importance of motor

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Jin Yan, Brad Jones, Jordan J. Smith, Philip Morgan, and Narelle Eather

Children of primary school age, (particularly prepubescent children aged 7–11 years) show the greatest capacity for learning and developing motor skills, and are the most responsive to motor skill training ( Bolger et al., 2018 ; McClelland & Cameron, 2019 ). High-quality physical education (PE

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Melanie Vetter, Helen O’Connor, Nicholas O’Dwyer, and Rhonda Orr

The health benefits of regular physical activity and maintaining physical fitness are widely established. 1 In primary school children, adequate, regular, and well-designed physical activity programs are also critical to the development of fundamental movement skills. 2 In recent years, there has