FMS: Learning to Train Stage (Grade 4-8)



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This handbook is design for teachers and coaches of youth in Grade 4-8 (8-14 years old) who are in the Learning to Train stage of the Long-Term Athletic Development (LTAD) model.

FMS: Learning to Train Stage (Grade 4-8)

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FMS: Learning to Train Stage builds upon the learnings of FMS: Active Start and FUNdamentals, emphasizing more advanced elaborations and combinations of movement skills and incorporating a broader understanding of fitness-related concepts and holistic developmental outcomes. The resource:

  • Emphasizes more advanced (specialized) elaborations and combinations of movement skills that can be applied (transferred) to a variety of sport, recreational, or active living settings such as dance, gymnastics, games, track and field, fitness, and outdoor or adventure activities.
  • Broadens its focus beyond skill development by integrating developmentally appropriate knowledge and understanding (e.g. skill cues, tactical decision making), with emotional (e.g. self-control), motivational (e.g. perceived competence), social (e.g. life skills like respect), and spiritual (e.g. meaning, joy) outcomes.
  • Transitions to more sport specific qualities including new fitness-related concepts like speed, strength, stamina, coordination, balance, and agility.
  • Fosters comprehension and application of basic training and self-regulatory principles like warm-up, progression, and anxiety management.
  • Provides a description of the mature movement pattern for the fundamental motor skills; some specific cures to help the teacher/coach develop these motor skills in their students/athletes; and a number of activities that utilize the skills.