ERIC Number: ED286871
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Motor Performance of Women as a Function of Age and Physical Activity Level.
Rikli, Roberta; Busch, Sharman
Two studies compared motor skills of women in terms of the influence of age and activity level. In the first study, simple and choice reaction time, balance, flexibility, and grip strength of older active women were compared with that of older inactive women, and active and inactive younger women. Except for grip strength, scores of older active women on all measures were significantly better for older inactive women, and much more like those of the younger women. In the second study, scores of avid women golfers were compared with those of the older active and inactive women in the first study. On all variables, the scores of golfers were significantly better than those of older inactive women, but not significantly different from the older active women. These findings were consistent with previous research on men, indicating that motor performance tends to be more highly related to lifelong physical activity level than to age. (Author/CB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Las Vegas, NV, April 13-17, 1987).