Children Lack Basic Movement Skills

Australian children lack the basic movement skills to be active and healthy

Just as children need to be taught their ABCs to read and write, they also need to be taught fundamental movement skills.

Fundamental movement skills (FMS) such as running, jumping, throwing and kicking, to provide the strongest foundation for a physically active lifestyle. Children who are proficient at FMS are more likely to be physically active and have adequate cardiorespiratory fitness, and are less likely to be overweight or obese compared with children who are not proficient. In addition, FMS-proficient children are more likely to become adolescents who are more active and with higher cardiorespiratory fitness levels.

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Written by L. M. Barnett, L. L. Hardy, D. R. Lubans, D. P. Cliff, A. D. Okely, A. P. HillsE and P. J. Morgan on behalf of the Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Stream of the Australasian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network (ACAORN)

Published online 18 July 2013

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