Construct Validity of the Resistance Training Skills Battery in Children aged 7-10 years

Michael Duncan, Chelsey Lawson, Joshua Hurst, Jason Tallis, Victoria Mary Jones, Emma Eyre

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Abstract

The current study sought to examine the construct validity of the Resistance Training Skills Battery for Children (RTSBc), a movement screen purported to assess resistance training skill in children. Children aged 7-10 years (n = 27, 21 males, 6 females) undertook measures of resistance training skill via the RTSBc, motor competence and muscular fitness. Using a median split for RTSBc scores, children were categorised as high or low resistance training competence. Univariate ANCOVAs, controlling for maturation, were used to examine whether measures of muscular fitness and motor competence scores differed as a function of RTSBc competence. Children who were classified as high for resistance training competence had significantly better motor competence (P =.001) and significantly faster 10m sprint speed (P =.001). However, medicine ball throw and standing long jump scores as well as peak and average isokinetic muscle strength did not differ as a function of RTSBc (P>0.05). In all cases maturation was significant as a covariate. This study is the first to demonstrate construct validity of the RTSBc as a measure of general motor competence and sprint speed, but not strength, in children aged 7-10 years.
Publisher Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sports Sciences on 19 Jan 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02640414.2018.1428885

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1979-1984
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Volume36
Issue number17
Early online date19 Jan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sports Sciences on 19 Jan 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02640414.2018.1428885

Keywords

  • Fundamental movement
  • motor competence
  • children
  • strength

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