The psychometric properties of the McCarron Assessment of Neuromuscular Development as a longitudinal measure with Australian youthHuman Movement Science (2013)
The importance of considering age and sex differences in the
assessment of motor performance has been largely overlooked.
This study examines the psychometric properties of the US developed
McCarron Assessment of Neuromuscular Development
(MAND) using data from a longitudinal sample of 986 Australian
youth at 10, 14 and 17 years. A key finding was the sex and age
interaction of the Neuromuscular Developmental Index (NDI)
(F = 121.46, p < .001). Males had a significantly lower mean NDI
score at 10 years and the females had a lower score at 17 years.
The factor structure differed from the US samples (McCarron,
1997) at each age and between males and females. The sex specific
analyses showed that the underlying structure was more complex
for younger females. Although the MAND remains a useful test of
motor performance for Australian children, further consideration
is warranted regarding sex differences, the relevance of the US
based normative tables and factor structures.
Citation InformationHands, B., Larkin, D., and Rose, E. (2013). The psychometric properties of the McCarron Assessment of Neuromuscular Development as a longitudinal measure with Australian youth. Human Movement Science, 32(3), 485-497. DOI: 10.1016/j.humov.2013.02.007