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Importance of balance for safe mountaineering in pre-school period

Petra Gotar (2014) Importance of balance for safe mountaineering in pre-school period. Diploma thesis.

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    In the thesis we focused on the importance of balance for safe mountaineering. By checking Slovenian and foreign modern literature we highlighted the fundamental motion phase as the key phase for preschool child development. We described main aspects of motoric abilities that develop in preschool period among which we highlighted the importance of balance. We pointed out balance as one of the key abilities (such as eg. endurance) which are needed for safe mountaineering. We wanted to know if it is possible to prepare and execute mountaineering motion tasks in the valley and if fatigue results in poorer balance tasks performance. Therefore we set two main goals: to discover if it is possible to simulate mountaineering motion tasks on the flat and to discover whether fatigue influences the balance in methodical task performance. Using four methodical tasks we analysed 29 children from first and second age group of Dominik Savio Domžale kindergarten. Same tasks were preformed twice, before and after fatigue was induced. Fatigue was induced by a half-hour walk up the hill. Methodical tasks represented the variables in the research. These sample variables are: walking the marked way, walking on different surfaces, jumping from high bases and driving the balance bike. We observed differences between age groups, balance task performance before and after fatigue and influence of different conditions during the performance of balance tasks. Data and children fatigue grades (from 1 to 5) were collected in tables, from which charts were drawn and results comparison was made. We predicted that we can simulate mountaineering movement tasks, the differences between age groups would be noticeable from results and that fatigue would have greater influence on younger children. We proved that we can simulate mountaineering balance tasks on the flat using certain props, but not all the tasks. There are various factors (eg. rocks, narrow paths, weather conditions) that we cannot find in the valley. Results show the influence of fatigue on balance. We noticed that children performed methodical units of balance development poorer when tired and that results of older children were slightly better than those of younger children. Younger children get tired earlier than older but the differences are not statistically significant.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: mountaineering, balance, preschool child
    Number of Pages: 37
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
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    doc. dr. Jera GregorcMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10063433)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 2145
    Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2014 14:12
    Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 14:12
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2145

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