Motor skills of first year students in Human Movement Studies

  • D J Cloete
  • A Botha
  • J L Cloete
  • E M Van Wyk
Keywords: Motor skills, Movement, Physical development, First year students.


The facilitating of Human Movement Studies form an important part of a learner's total development. The World Health Organization found that more than two thirds of young people are not sufficiently physically active (Brundtland, 2002: 2). This lack of movement above all entails inadequate physical development. The aim of this study is to determine the level of the motor skills of first year students by using a test battery which was developed by the researchers. The level of motor skills was recorded by means of a five point scale. It was found that more than half of the respondents' motor skills were insufficiently developed. The article concludes with the recommendation that physical education students and teachers need to improve their own levels of motor skills in order to develop movement activities significantly. There should also be a clear distinction between movement activities as part of the formal academic programme and activities as part of an extra mural activity plan.

Keywords: Motor skills; Movement; Physical development; First year students.

South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation Vol. 29 (1) 2007: pp. 39-52

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print ISSN: 0379-9069