The Relationship Between Preservice Teachers’ Health-Related Fitness and Movement Competency in Gymnastics

Authors

  • Collin Andrew Webster University of Wollongong
  • Liana Webster University of South Carolina
  • Jason Cribbs University of South Carolina
  • Benjamin Wellborn University of South Carolina
  • Matthew Blake Lineberger University of South Carolina
  • Rob Doan University of South Carolina

Keywords:

preservice teachers, movement competency, fitness

Abstract

The current National Initial Standards for Physical Education Teacher Education state that preservice teachers should achieve and maintain a level of health-related fitness consistent with that expected of K–12 learners. However, little research has addressed the relevance of teacher fitness to effective physical education teaching. This study examined the relationship between teacher fitness and movement competence, based on the important role of motor competence in performing effective demonstrations of movement skills to learners. Preservice teachers (N = 115) were tested on their muscular strength/endurance, flexibility, body composition, and several gymnastics skills. Gymnastics performance was directly and significantly correlated with muscular strength/endurance after controlling for previous gymnastics experience. Regression analysis showed that curl-up scores predicted the most variance (7%) in gymnastics performance. Male participants meeting established fitness standards had significantly higher gymnastics scores than male participants not meeting the standards. This study suggests preservice programs should carefully consider assessing and developing candidates' fitness. 

Author Biographies

Collin Andrew Webster, University of Wollongong

Senior Lecturer, Department of Physical and Health Education, Faculty of Education

Liana Webster, University of South Carolina

Liana Webster is a doctoral student in the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training at the University of South Carolina.

Jason Cribbs, University of South Carolina

Jason Cribbs is a doctoral student in the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training at the University of South Carolina.

Benjamin Wellborn, University of South Carolina

Benjamin Wellborn is a doctoral student in the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training at the University of South Carolina.

Matthew Blake Lineberger, University of South Carolina

Matthew Lineberger is a doctoral student in the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training at the University of South Carolina.

Rob Doan, University of South Carolina

Rob Doan is a doctoral student in the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training at the University of South Carolina.

Published

2014-03-25

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Articles