Bilateral coordination and academic performance in children

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Pediatrics International published research on 100 Brazilian children (ages 8-11 years old) evaluating interlimb coordination and its relationship to their academic performance. Each child was assessed with the Bruininks?Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency and the Academic Performance Test. Participants were grouped into low (<25%) and high (>75%) academic achievers.

The results indicated:

  • a significant difference between groups for Total Motor Composite on the Bruininks-Oseretsky favoring the high group.
  • a significant association between academic performance and Body Coordination.
  • from the subtests of Body Coordination (Bilateral Coordination and Balance), Bilateral Coordination accounted for the highest impact on academic performance.

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