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Fundamental Movement Skills

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Fundamental Movement Skills: Why They Are Important?




Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) are a specific set of gross motor skills that involve different body parts such as feet, legs, trunk, hand, arms and hands.


Fundamental Movement Skills are important because they provide the framework for more complex and specialised skills required by children throughout their lives to competently play different games, sports and recreational activities.


Failure to master a basic set of Fundamental Movement Skills can be a significant barrier to participation in physical activities and can hinder the amount of physical activity recommended for the maintenance of good health.


Fundamental Movement Skills can be categorised as locomotor, stability and manipulative.


Locomotor Skills: Movements that transport the body from one place to another. This includes skills such as jumping, running, galloping, leaping, hopping and sidestepping.


Manipulative Skills: Movements that involve giving or receiving force to and from objects. This includes catching, underarm rolling, dribbling, striking, kicking and throwing.


Stability Skills: Movements where the body remains in place, but moves around its horizontal and vertical axis. Stability skills are important as they allow locomotor and manipulative skills to occur. Stability skills include balancing, stretching and twisting.


These three Fundamental Movement Skills dictate how your child will function throughout his/her life. They are the life line that controls all actions and movements and thus should be developed at an early age.

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