Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

A Statewide Initiative to Improve Fundamental Motor Skill Development

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

A Statewide Initiative to Improve Fundamental Motor Skill Development

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Jeff Walkley, Bernie Holland, Leigh Brown, Viviene Temple, Talia Jacobson, Justen O'Connor Susie Parker and Rose Treloar Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, and Brad Rhodes, Ballarat University

There is general agreement that fundamental motor skills (FMS) form the basis for many specific sport and movement skills. Limited competence in FMS can negatively influence performance in physical and motor activities. Level of FMS competence has been found to be related to participation in organized sport programs, health-related fitness and attitude to physical activity among children and adolescents. It has been suggested that skilled children are more willing than less skilled children to attempt new motor skill challenges. The aims of this 4 year project was to: (a) identify the essential FMS and the observable components of those skills; (b) determine the FMS competence of a stratified random sample of 1,200 Victorian primary school children at the commencement of the initiative; (c3) design, deliver and evaluate the impact of a statewide inservice program for 6,000 primary school teachers; and (d) determine the FMS competence of a stratified random sample of 850 Victorian primary school children four years after the commencement of the initiative. …

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