Slađana Stanković, Aleksandra Aleksić Veljković, Živorad Marković, Katarina Herodek

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The aim of the research was to examine and compare the effects of physical education (PE) classes with additional swimming training in relation to the regular teaching of PE on the motor abilities of students of a younger school age. A sample of 100 respondents was divided into two sub-samples in relation to the number of weekly exercises: a sub-sample of 50 students (control group-CG) with regular PE and a sub-sample of 50 students (experimental group-EG) who, besides their regular classes, had two additional weekly exercises in the form of swimming training. The training program of swimming courses was conducted for three months in the first semester of the 2015/2016 school year. Five standardized Eurofit battery tests were used to evaluate their motor abilities. The obtained results indicate that two additional weekly exercises in the form of swimming training caused statistically significant differences between the EG and the CG in long distance jogging, sit-ups for 30 s and a 20 m run test with a progressive increase in speed. The results suggest that swimming in addition to the already known impact on physiological characteristics positively influences the transformation of motor abilities in students of a younger school age.


Physical Education, Swimming, Motor Skills, Students of a Younger School Age

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