FUNdamental Movement SkillsFUNdamental Movement Skills (FMS) are the basis for all sport skills.
Developing the proper fundamental movement skills, especially at a young age, provides a strong foundation for sport specific skills in the future. Most experts agree that a child who develops a better base of fundamental movement skills will develop sport specific skills at a faster rate and will peak at a higher level.

Fundamental Movement Skills enhance an athlete’s speed, agility, quickness, balance and power, as well as prevent common injuries.

Mercy Sports Medicine offers classes for kids six years and older. By breaking down sport skills into fundamental movement activities, young athletes can develop a better foundation for their sport. Classes are divided into three age groups so that the activities performed are appropriate for each participant. There is a maximum of eight students to each instructor. Instructors have degrees and are certified in sports performance enhancement techniques. Participants play and have fun while developing fundamental movement skills that can give them that extra edge when they get into more competitive sports.

Benefits of FMS:

  • Developing FUNdamentals provides a foundation for sport specific skills.
  • Correct fundamental movement patterns enhance speed, agility, quickness, balance and power.
  • These skills can be developed during play-type activities so kids are having FUN while developing fundamental skills for athletics.
  • The class is a series of stations that are age and skill appropriate beginning at the age of 6 years.
  • There is a maximum student/instructor ratio of 8:1
  • Once a strong foundation is built, young athletes will progress in their skill level much faster and more effectively.

Tuesday Night Classes

Ages 6-9
5–6 pm

Ages 10-13
6–7 pm

Ages 14+
7–8 pm

Classes are held every Tuesday. The cost for the four-class session is $40. Space is limited, so call 330-966-8920 to register. For more information, call or e-mail the instructors:

Dave Downey, MS, ATC/LAT
Julie Haren, ATC/LAT
*Additional class times can be arranged based on need.


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