HEAD STABILISATION DURING RUNNING IN PLACE OF CHILDREN WITH VARYING MOTOR PROFICIENCY LEVELS

  • Craig Atkins
  • Ross Sanders
  • Barry Gibson
  • Kevin Netto
Keywords: head stabilisation, running in place, motor proficiency

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate head motion in children during stationary running. Participants in this study underwent a running proficiency test based on the Test for Gross Motor Proficiency (TGMD), and then underwent a one-minute trial of running on the spot while being videotaped. Head stabilisation for all subjects was found to remain well within the functional range of the vestibulo-occular reflex (VOR) and no significant relationship was found between running proficiency and head angular velocity. Proficient subjects moved the head independently of the trunk.