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Exploring Recommendations for Child and Adolescent Fundamental Movement Skills Development: A Narrative Review

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posted on 2023-02-24, 11:06 authored by Wesley O'Brien, Zeinab Khodaverdi, Lisa Bolger, Orla Murphy, Conor Philpott, PHILIP KEARNEYPHILIP KEARNEY

Fundamental movement skills (FMS) are frequently referred to as the “building blocks” of movement for children and adolescents in their lifelong physical activity journey. It is critical, however, that FMS are developed within Physical Education learning environments and other sport-related settings, specifically as these building blocks of movement require appropriate teaching and practice opportunities. While FMS are well-established as an “important focus” for children and adolescents, to the authors’ knowledge, there appears to be no standardized FMS development guidelines existent within the literature. This paper will examine whether the frequency, intensity, time, and type (FITT) principle could be transferable to interventions focusing on FMS development, and if so, whether sufficient consistency of findings exists to guide practitioners in their session design. Applying the FITT principle in this way may help to facilitate the comparison of FMS-related intervention studies, which may contribute to the future development of practical FMS-related guidelines for children and adolescents. 



International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 20(4), 3278



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