Basic movement skills elude most school children
Researchers measured height, weight, motor skills and fitness among nearly 7000 primary and high school students in 2010.
They found most high school students had not mastered the four basic locomotor skills: running, vertical jumping, leaping and being able to do a side gallop.
Girls in particular had poor skills in kicking, catching and over-arm throwing, the research showed.
The study, funded by the NSW health department, also found that low competency in fundamental movement skills was associated with lower cardiorespiratory