Motor coordination test as an indicator for skating performance in ice hockey for pre-puberty children
Tommi Rouvali (2015). Motor Coordination Test as an Indicator for Skating Performance in Ice Hockey for pre-puberty Children. Department of Biology of Sport, University of Jyväskylä, Master’s thesis, 58 pp. The purpose of this study was to investigate the suitability of the KTK-test as an indicator for ice hockey performance in pre-puberty children. Skating is the most important fundamental skill in ice hockey and the KTK-test has been proved to be valid test for motor coordination. Subjects were 34 (mean 10 yrs 10 mos ± 6 mos) boys from Juniori-KalPa and 31 completed the tests. The KTK MQ (tot) correlated significantly with skating agility test r = -0.527 (p ≤ 0.01) and one leg hopping (MQ(OLH)) showed the highest correlation between the skating agility test (r = -0.660, p ≤ 0.01). The skating agility test showed a significant correlation (r = 0.555, p ≤ 0.01) between the 30 m skating test. In group analyses of the KTK-test there was a highly significant difference between groups 4 and 2 (3.44±1.02 s., p ≤ 0.01) in the skating agility test. In group analyses of the skating agility test there was a significant (p ≤ 0.01) difference between groups 1 and 3 in KTK MQ(tot.) (14.4±4.35), MQ(OLH) (15.4±3.99) and MQ(JS) (14.4±4.19) and (p ≤ 0.05) with MQ(MS) (14.9±6.00). In groups analyses there was no significant difference between the KTK-groups or the skating agility groups in 30 m skating test. These results indicate that the KTK-test is a suitable indicator for ice hockey skating in pre-puberty children. Players with higher motor coordination are more capable to perform in ice hockey skating as well. The skating agility test is valid and useable for evaluating skating performance. ...
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