What is FMS Plus
Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) is the basis of motion which involves different body parts. These skills are the building blocks to more specialized and complex skills which one requires when participating in different activities, sports and games.
FMS are generally divided into three categories:
involves the movement of the body from one location to another (e.g. running and jumping)
involves the manipulation of an object (e.g. throwing and kicking)
involves the acquisition and ability to maintain balance, both static and dynamic (e.g. balancing and twisting)
(Lubans et al., 2010)
In this programme, we will also equip teachers/ social workers in schools and parents with essential, relevant knowledge to design their own FMS Plus programme.
Why FMS Plus
FMS are basic patterns of movement that are also known to as the “building blocks” or foundation for more complex, context-specific skills (Gallahue & Ozmun, 2006).
The critical period in developing and learning FMS is at the early years. By the age of 7, children are expected to have obtained adequate levels of competency in FMS, making them able to start engaging in physical activities (e.g. sports and dance) which requires more specialized skills (Gallahue et al., 2012).
FMS competence is associated with many health benefits and is crucial for the holistic development of children including physical, psychological and overall well-being (Barnett, Stodden et al., 2016). Study also reveals that it could be inversely associated with weight status (Barnett, Stodden et al., 2016; Lubans et al., 2010).
It is found that children worldwide are not achieving proficiency in these basic motor skills and there is still a large area of improvement in developing FMS among all age groups (Bolger et al., 2020).
FMS is adopted in the physical activity guidelines for preschool students in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, etc.
We hope to bring this concept to students, teachers and caretakers in Hong Kong.
Arouse SEN children’s, elderly’s and caretakers’ interest in physical activity via our gamified programme
Motivate caretakers to continue to exercise more with the children when outside of school
Enhance the knowledge of caretakers/ teachers/ social workers in designing programme themselves and in what the children are able to achieve
A measurement system will be designed for building a comprehensive profile on each participants and by comparing the results with the participants population from time to time, we can identify their strength and help elevate the aspects they are relatively not as strong.
KAB model will be adopted which can also help us evaluate the impact in an easier manner.
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