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YOUR CHILD’S MOVEMENT IS FUNDAMENTAL
Movement of body parts such as the legs, arms, trunk and head are involved in performing the skills of running, hopping, catching, throwing, striking and balancing. Sound familiar? Of course, they are the skills your child needs to confidently participate in physical activity.
Collectively, these movement patterns are called ‘Fundamental Movement Skills’ (FMS). They are precursor patterns to more specialised, complex skills that are used in play, sports and other physical recreation activities.
There is evidence to suggest that children who lack proficiency in a variety of FMS find it harder to:
· join in playground games
· have reduced self-esteem and self-confidence
· frequently avoid physical activities
In the long run, this may affect the development of muscles and bones, reduce fitness levels and even reduce opportunities for developing social competence.
Studies also show children with physical disabilities tend to have lower physical activity levels compared to those without disability, due to impairments that potentially hinder their ability to move. So, with or without disability, it is important to focus the attention on training these movement patterns.
MOVING FOR THE BETTER
As opposed to the above, proficient movers often have higher self-esteem and self-confidence, are more popular playmates in school grounds, and to no surprise, are also more likely to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.
In fact, children, with and without disability, who underwent FMS training in a 2015 study were found to have decreased sedentary time and increased physical activity time on weekends, with the impact being greater for children with a disability.
The Bottom Line:
Physical activity is important in child development due to its associated positive outcomes for musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health, and even socialisation.
Proficiency in movement patterns contributes to the health and wellbeing of your child by allowing them to participate confidently in physical activity at school and in the community, enabling potential lifelong involvement in physical activity.