A cross-cultural study among children 7 to 10 years old: Movement ABC battery usefulness

The aims of this research were to compare the results of the performance in the Movement ABC in an Spanish sample (202 boys and 183 girls) of 7 to 10 years old with data of Miyahara’s study with Japanese children (53 boys, 49 girls) and the American standardization (237 boys, 284 girls). The cross-cultural comparisons revealed that there are many differences in performance among children of these samples. These differences were distributed among tasks and countries in the two age bands. Gender differences in all samples shown that girls outperform boys in manual and balance tasks, and boys got better scores in ball skills, emerging the effect of culture in the motor performance of children.

Luis Miguel Ruiz Pérez y José Luis Graupera Sanz