CORRELATION OF MOTOR ABILITIES AND MOTOR SKILLS IN SEVEN-YEAR-OLDS ATTENDING JUDO SCHOOL

Goran Kuvačić, Marino Tavra, Saša Krstulović

The main objective of this study was to determine the correlation of motor abilities and motor skills in seven-year olds attending judo school (n=41). Based on the main aim, two sub-aims were derived: to determine the metric characteristics of the five judo skills analysed, and to determine partial and global correlations of motor abilities and motor skills in young judoka. We used twelve motor tests to assess motor abilities and five tests to assess motor skills. The best partial correlation with motor abilities was exhibited by the o sotogari - major outer reaping throw. Canonical correlation analysis showed significant correlation of the overall dimension of motor abilities with the selected judo motor skills (p=0,025). Furthermore, it can be assumed that the frequent repetition of o sotogari and ushiro-ukemi in training of young judoka, could positively influence the development of specific motor skills necessary for success in judo fight, especially for developing explosive strength of arm and legs. Based on the results it can be concluded that for the successful implementation of techniques or elements in judo, young judokas need to have all equally highly developed motor skills. This fact should be taken into consideration in the selection and orientation of young judoka.

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