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BASSO, Luciano et al. Distinct views on the notion of stability and change in the performance of gross motor coordination. Rev. bras. educ. fís. esporte [online]. 2012, vol.26, n.3, pp.495-509. ISSN 1807-5509.

Studies about gross motor coordination in children (GMC) focus on the description of normative values derived from age and sex, and few analyzed the dynamics of change of each child within its group. The goal of the present study is estimate the stability of intra-individual change over inter-individual differences over eighteen months. One hundred and twenty students with seven years old in the city of Muzambinho - MG participated in the study. Data was collected four times, with a six-month interval between each assessment. GMC was evaluated through KTK test battery. Mean values for all tests increased over time, with differences between sex for equilibrium test. The correlation values between initial performance and improvements over eighteen months indicated high heterogeneity. Results of stability estimates were weak for tests. These results were discussed about different trajectories in the development of motor coordination.

Keywords : Longitudinal study; Inter-individual differences; Intra-individual change; Tracking; Children.

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