In 2014, the research team conducted two studies related to fundamental movement skills (FMS) of students. FMS include locomotor (e.g, running, hopping, jumping) and object manipulation (e.g., throwing, catching) are important building blocks of many physical activities. Therefore, children’s proficiency in these skills is likely to be related to their participation in sports and physical activity throughout their lifespans.
In the first study, we examined whether students can accurately perceive how good their FMS are, and whether that may be linked to how much activity they do. We found that children’s actual skill proficiency was not related to their own perceptions. However, the more competent they felt they were, the more active they were. In the second study, we examined whether students receiving rope skipping training will have better FMS scores than those who don’t. Our results suggested that children who skipped regularly showed higher scores in locomotor skills than those who didn’t. However, these two groups of students did not differ in terms of their object control skills.