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COMPARING PERFORMANCES OF FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENT SKILLS AND BASIC HUMAN MOVEMENTS

By: Claire Tompsett

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Introduction: Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) are considered the most crucial element for lifelong habitual physical activity and sports competence. Fundamental Movement Skill assessment is prioritised in intervention strategies due to associations with lifelong habitual physical activity.

Methods: This pilot study assessed the relationship between Basic Human Movements (BHM) and Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) in 103 Australian school children in three different year levels. Relationships between BHM, age, gender and physical activity (PA) was also evaluated. BHM (squat, lunge, push, pull, hinge, brace and rotation), are movement patterns that have both similar and unique characteristics working together to allow a person to interact with the common environment and were assessed using a newly developed criteria. FMS was calculated using the NSW curriculum ‘Get Skilled: Get Active’ and PA levels were attained from a self-reported PA recall questionnaire. 

Results: Basic Human Movements related to all FMS except static balance and vertical jump. Girls outperformed boys in both movements and FMS, contradicting previous studies. Children who accumulated ≥60 minute’s physical activity per day scored better in exercise and skill assessments.