Benefits of figure skating for preschoolers’ physical fitness

Benefits of figure skating for preschoolers’ physical fitness

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PhD, Associate Professor O.A. Golubina1
PhD, Associate Professor I.N. Gernet2
PhD, Associate Professor M.N. Repitskaya3
1Northern (Arctic) Federal University n.a. M.V. Lomonosov, Arkhangelsk
2Moscow City University, Moscow
3Northern State Medical University, Arkhangelsk

The 3-6 year-old children’s physical development process may be described as the musculoskeletal system growth associated with an expressed muscular mass growth by the age of 7 years. It is common for the 5-7 year-olds to be good in differentiation of muscular sensations and master some technically difficult skills (like rolls, jumps etc.) which are quite accessible for them. The study analyzes benefits of special figure skating practices for physical trainings of physically weak people, preschoolers and junior schoolchildren. 
The study analyzed physical progress of the Experimental Group (EG) trained under the regular M.A. Vasilyeva’s Preschool Physical Education Program (three times a week) plus going in for figure skating practices; versus the Reference Group (RG) trained only under the regular M.A. Vasilyeva’s Preschool Physical Education Program. The study data showed benefits of the figure skating practices as verified by the EG versus RG progress in a variety of physicality test rates including flexibility, muscular endurance and speed strength test rates.

Keywords: motor activity, figure skating, preschoolers, physical fitness, physical skills.

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