Effect of Stickygym games on motor development of children during Covid-19 lockdown

Document Type : Research Paper

Authors

1 faculty member at motor behavior department, sport sciences research institute of Iran

2 faculty member at motor behavior department, Sport Sciences Research Institute of Iran

Abstract

Introduction: Children's motor skills are inversely related to sedentary screen time. Public lockdown during COVID-19 has caused a further increase ın screen time. The current research aims at investigating the impact of Stickygym games on motor development of children.
Materials and Methods: 28 eligible subjects (4-6 years old) were chosen and randomly grouped into control group (n=13) and experimental group (n=15). Using TGMD-2 test, gross motor development was measured. The experimental group performed online Stickygym games for 8 weeks. Stickygym kit includes Hook & Loop strips, with two linear polyester strips that are easily but firmly attached together. Trained instructors performed online training sessions. In the end, TGMD-2 test was conducted again in person. Data analysis was done using Shapiro-Wilk, Levene and the analysis of covariance tests were with the significance level of 0.05 in SPSS 24.
Results: some locomotion skills were significantly improved by Stickygym games: bound (p =0.005), galloping (p =0.012), and running (p =0.003), as well as object control skills: overhand throw (p =0.004), underhand roll (p =0.01), and striking a stationary ball (p=0.021).
Conclusion: This play kit can be utilized by pre-school educators and parents for improving object control and locomotion skills in preschool children.

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