Japanese Journal of Health Promotion and Physical Therapy
Online ISSN : 2187-3305
Print ISSN : 2186-3741
ISSN-L : 2186-3741
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Study on influence that infantʼs samototypes on motor skills
ATSUKO KUBOSHIN MURATAAYA HIRAOSHINICHI TANAKANOZOMI MITSUMARU
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2015 Volume 5 Issue 2 Pages 61-64

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[Objective] In recent years, decreases in infantsʼmotor skills and changes in their somatotypes have been regarded as a social issue. This study aimed to clarify the relationship between the somatotype and motor skills, involving preschool infants. [Subjects] The subjects were 123 preschool children aged 4-6 years old.[Methods] After measurement of the height and body weight, the results of the following motor skill tests for infants, developed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology,were evaluated: 25-meter run, standing broad jump, ball throw, two-legged hop, and body support time. For statistical analysis, the infants were divided into 2 somatotype-based groups, ecto- and mesomorphic, and their motor skill test results were compared. The sex ratio was also compared between the groups. [Results] There were no significant differences in the sex ratio between the ecto­ and mesomorphic groups. No marked differences were observed between them in any of the measured motor skill test items.[Conclusion] During infancy, the relationship between the somatotype and motor skills may be weak. It was also suggested that ectomorphy is frequently observed during this period.

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