The aim of the current research was to study the effects of a Psychomotor Intervention Program (PIP) targeting to the improvement of spatiotemporal awareness on visual-motor control. The sample consisted of 84 preschool children, aged 53-75 months (M=66.95 months, SD=1.31) divided into experimental group (EG, n=42) and control group (CG, n=42). The CG followed the typical physical activities program of the kindergarten, while the EG aside from that program, participated in the PIP, consisted of 51 sessions. The eight items of the 7th subtest of the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency (BOTMP-Bruininks, 1978) were used for the assessment of the visual-motor control. A two–way MANOVA model for repeated measures was used for data analysis. Results showed that after the PIP, the children of the EG significantly improved both their total visual-motor control scores and their scores in the half of items tested. On the contrary, the children of the CG did not showed significant differences between the pre- and the post-measurement scores in any item or in the total visual-motor control score. Preschool educators should take into consideration that the implementation of PIP contributes not only to the improvement of children‟s general motor proficiency but also to the development of concepts essential for the school readiness.
Wheelchair basketball is one of the most popular sports for people with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
Objective The aim of the present study was to assess metabolic responses and energy expenditure during a wheelchair basketball match in players with SCI.
The study aims to explore the correlation between gross and fine motor skills and graphomotor skills of preschool children. It examines the relation of three factors of fine and gross motor skills, namely fine motor precision and integration, bilateral coordination and balance, and upper-limb coordination and agility respectively, with several factors of graphomotor skills, namely pencil and scissors manipulation, writing space orientation, handwriting control, figure reproduction and concepts about space. The sample consisted of 166 preschoolers (mean age in months 66.01, sd. 7.16), from public kindergartens in Crete, Greece. A path model that examines the relation between gross and fine motor skill factors along with graphomotor skills, with age and gender being considered, showed an acceptable fit…