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Unformatted text preview: History of Motor Skill Testing: Generality Testing •performance of many motor tasks can be predicted from a single test•Sargent (1921) – first reported test of generality▫Physical Test of Man▫Similar to g-factor (general factor) in psychology •Examples: Motor Educability•Motor ability: jumping•NOT VALID History of Motor Skill Testing: Memory-Drum theory •motor performance is specific to task, not general to many tasks▫Franklin Henry (1956) claims there is no such thing as general motor ability▫Theory of specificity casts doubt on idea of individuals possessing a general motor ability History of Motor Skill Testing: Theory of Basic Abilities •Fleishman (1964) – theory of basic physical abilities▫Performance of a motor skill is explained by small number of psychomotor abilities▫“All around athletes” possess high proficiency in many motor abilities Theory of Basic Abilities •Two applications of basic abilities testing:▫evaluating athletes▫pre-employment tests (physically demanding jobs) Testing Athletes •Has become common practice for identifying talented athletes (Olympics, college teams, professional teams)•Need to identify physical abilities essential to skilled performance in the sport in question•Sport scientists contribute to this process Testing Athletes – Common Tests •Aerobic capacity•Body composition•Strength•Power•Speed•Jumping ability•Agility Importance of Pre-employment Testing •Legal issues - equal employment opportunity legislation▫Gender and Race Bias •Risk of injury•Inadequacy of medical examinations•Two types of tests: ▫Work Sample and Physical Ability Pre-employment Test Methodology •Psychophysical -▫developing scales to rate frequency and intensity of physical demands•Biomechanical –▫evaluate stresses placed on spine•Physiological –▫document cardiovascular response to specific work tasks•Validation: Criterion-related evidence, Content-related evidence, Construct-related evidence Common Work-sample Tasks •Police Officers:▫Scaling a wall▫Long jump▫Crawling through openings▫Running▫Dragging heavy object▫Obstacle course •Firefighters:▫Climbing a ladder▫Pushing and pulling a ceiling hook▫Dragging a dummy▫Carrying hose up stairs •Marines-Establish cut scores: based on job analysis, ensure acceptable job performance Prevention of Back Injuries •Major Problem for Industrial Workers:•Injury rate is related to fitness level▫Strength and flexibility•Pre-employment testing can help identify risk, then either:▫redesign job▫educate worker in correct technique▫match worker to appropriate job tasks Units of Measurement •SI – International System of Units▫Modern form of Metric System▫Most used measurement system▫Only Liberia, Myanmar, and the US do not use this as their primary system of measurement•We primarily use 3 for our class: ▫Distance : metre/meter (m); 1 m = 3.28 feet, 1 km = ....
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2010 for the course KIN 3502 taught by Professor Porter during the Summer '08 term at LSU.
- Summer '08