Coaching Fundamental Movement Skills to Children

tina5giga By tina5giga, 26th Nov 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This article describes some of the most important movement skills that children need to learn and develop as they grow to make them active and better persons.

Movement Skills

Jessica(2008) argues that,the fundamental sport and movement skills are gained when one is still young and this greatly influences a person’s confidence in any given game. A good foundation in these skills is the key to creating a nation’s population that is not just healthy but also very active. Ensuring that children have this kind of background that will make them be active adults later on in their lives is what is commonly referred to as physical literacy.

The basis of sport skills such as the development of athletic skills in children comprises fundamental movement skills such as coordination, rotation, hopping, skipping, throwing, agility, aggressiveness, dodging, striking, kicking, running, catching, jumping as well as balancing.

The children also grow to love sports as they grow as either a recreational activity or even professional careers. This helps them develop the ideal building blocks that will see them participate in sports for a very long time or even for the rest of their lives. From simple activities and plays used to coach children to master the fundamental movement skills to altered and adult sports, the children progressively move from one state to another of playing simple games to those that are more complex as they grow and get hold of these essential skills.

Targeting children between the ages of five and twelve, the coaching process is meant to be purposeful and very exciting in order for the kids to look forward to their sessions all the time. Accomplished through games and plays, every child has the opportunity to develop these skills at their own pace since children are different and grasp concepts at different paces. The child’s confidence and competence level are also greatly improved during this process(Cotzee,n.d). The three major skills the children are expected to learn are the locomotive, stability and manipulative skills(Kerfoot,2010) that are all important in a person’s active lifestyle.


Coaching, Locomotive Skills, Movement Skills

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I am a freelance writer who is very passionate about writing. I have also published the book 'FITNESS AND COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY: THE KEY TO LOVING YOUR BODY' on Amazon's Kindle platform.

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