Future Directions in Physical Education & Sport: Developing Fundamental Motor Competence in the Early Years Is Paramount to Lifelong Physical Activity

  •  Jacqueline D. Goodway    
  •  Ruri Famelia    
  •  Syahrial Bakhtiar    


Worldwide obesity is a major concerned and has doubled since the 1980’s. Overweight and obesity problems kill more people than underweight. Being overweight is not only limited to adults. More and more children below the age of five were overweight. As a result, the world is turning their attention to the importance of promoting physical activity at a younger age in an attempt to reduce obesity and chronic diseases later in life. Serious considerations need to be looked at especially in the area of physical activity and motor skills development among children and youth as these will determine their decision to remain physically active in later years. This article discusses the importance of physical activity for children in developing countries and provides some strategies in increasing fundamental motor skills among children.

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