Date of Award
Master of Arts
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (to 2011)
Dr. Roger Zabik
Dr. Harold Ray
Dr. Mary Dawson
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The problem of the study was to investigate motor patterns of children performing forward and backward horizontal jumps from a two foot takeoff. The investigation of motor patterns involved a biomechanical analysis of kinematic parameters associated with the forward and backward jumps, as well as those associated with stages of development.
The study revealed that arm and leg development occurred independently of each other and the development did not adhere to age. At ages 2 and 3 years, females traveled a greater horizontal distance, but at ages 5 to 6 years and 8 to 9 years, males traveled the greater horizontal distance for both the forward and backward jumps. Subjects were found to be at a more advanced stage of development performing the forward horizontal jump compared to performing the backward horizontal jump. The study also provides performance characteristics of children at various stages of development.
Landis, Theresa J., "A Biomechanical Analysis of the Stages of Motor Development of Horizontal Jumping Patterns in Young Children" (1983). Master's Theses. 1585.