2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

A Comparison of the Static Balance between Males and Females in Children Ages 5 to 11
Mary Christine Sander♦
Dr. Carla Smith, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this action research study was to compare the differences in static balance between males and females ages five to eleven. The research was conducted during a gymnastics unit in a physical education classroom in an elementary school. Throughout the unit, 120 students, 20 from each grade, 10 females and 10 males, spent approximately five minutes on a balance beam demonstrating eight different scenarios of balance. Each scenario was timed beginning when the students foot was lifted off the ground and ended when his/her foot returned to the ground. Scenarios varied between preferred and non-preferred foot, eyes open and closed, and arms at sides and arms out to the sides making a T. Times were recorded in a table, when all data was collected the researcher compared the times of the females and males in each grade for statistical significance.

Keywords: Balance, Children, Males and Females, Preferred and Non-Preferred, Eyes open and closed, Arms at sides and out making a , Physical Education

Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 5-2
Location: GEO
Time: 3:30

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