Footwear and locomotor skill performance in preschoolers.
Robinson LE; Rudisill ME; Weimar WH; Breslin CM; Shroyer JF; Morera M
Percept Mot Skills 2011 Oct; 113(2):534-538
The effect of footwear on locomotor skill performance was examined. 12 children (4 boys, 8 girls; M age = 56.3 mo., SD = 3.3) served as participants. Participants were randomly assigned to perform the locomotor subscale of Ulrich's Test of Gross Motor Development in two shoe conditions (Condition 1: Stride Rite(R) athletic shoes, and Condition 2: flip flop sandals). Children scored significantly higher when wearing athletic shoes than flip-flop sandals. This finding is relevant for motor performance and safety in physical education and movement programs.
Age-factors; Age-groups; Children; Convergent; Motion-studies; Physiological-factors; Physiological-measurements; Physiological-testing; Psychological-factors; Safety-measures; Statistical-analysis; Statistical-analysis
L. E. Robinson, Auburn University, Deptpartment of Kinesiology, 2050 Memorial Coliseum, Auburn, AL 36849 USA
Perceptual and Motor Skills