Research shows that a large proportion of children are not able to perform motor skills at an age-appropriate level (e.g. running, jumping, hopping, throwing and balancing), or meet recommended levels of physical activity. These two factors are known to be linked, with poor motor skills contributing to low levels of physical activity. Poor motor skill development has also been linked to lower levels of fitness and academic achievement as well as increased likelihood of physical and mental health problems that can last into adulthood. The Chief Medical Officer recognises that early help for young children can address these issues, and has suggested that schools are the ideal setting.
The Wolfson CAER Motor Skills Action Project aims to identify, develop and test novel and existing outcome measures, interventions and treatments that could improve children’s motor skills and address the difficulties associated with poor motor skills.