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The nature of coordination and control problems in children with developmental coordination disorder during ball catching: A systematic review

Derikx, D. F. A. A. & Schoemaker, M. M., 2020, In : Human Movement Science. 74, p. 1-13 13 p., 102688.

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The aim of this review was to examine what is presently known about the nature of motor coordination and control problems in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) during ball catching and to provide directions for future research. A systematic literature search was conducted using four electronic databases (PubMed, Embase, PsycINFO and Web of Science), which identified 15 eligible studies. The results of the included studies were discussed, structured around the target population characteristics, the task used to measure motor coordination and control aspects, and the type of outcome. Children with DCD experience difficulties with both motor coordination and control during ball catching. They have been suggested to apply four compensation strategies to overcome these difficulties: a later initiation of the reaching phase, an earlier initiation of the grasping phase, a higher degree of coupling of the joints both intra- and inter-limb, and fixating the joints. However, despite these compensation strategies, children with DCD still caught fewer balls than typically developing children in all studies. This was especially due to a higher amount of grasping errors, which indicates a problem with the timing of the grasping phase. Directions for future research and practical implications were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102688
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalHuman Movement Science
Volume74
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2020

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