Non Locomotor Movements
Locomotor Movements - These are movements where the body
travels through space from one location to another. Locomotor
movements primarity use the feet for support however, the body
can travel on other parts such as the hands and feet.
Walk - The walk is a transfer of weight from one foot to the
other. Usually the heel touches first.
Run - The run is a transfer of weight from one foot to the other
however, the body is propelled into the air and suspended between
Jump - The jump required the body to push off from one or both feet.
Most common is a two foot take off and two foot landing. A
jump can take off on one foot and land on two or take off from two
feet and land one one foot.
Hop - The hop requires a push-off from one foot and landing on the
Leap - A leap is performed by pushing off from one foot and landing
on the other foot. The body is suspended in the and between the push
off and the landing. Can be combined with a run or walk.
Skip - A combination of a step and a hop on the same foot followed
by a step and hop on the other foot. The rhythm is uneven long
-short. Long (the step) and short (the hop).
Gallop - A forward movement where one foot leads the gallop while
the other foot follows. The lead foot steps with a bent knee and
pushes off into the air and landing on the trailing foot. The rhythm
is uneven, long -short. Long (the step) and short (the landing).
Slide - Is similar to a gallop performed with the right or left foot
leading. The rhythm is uneven, long -short. Long (the step)
and short (the landing).
Non Locomotor - These are movements that occur in the body
parts or the whole body and do not cause the body to travel to
another space. However, non locomotor movements can be
combined with locomotor movements such as a walk and arm swing.
Swing - a pendular motion of a body part that can move forward and
backward or side to side.
Twist - a partial rotation of body parts around an axis
Turn - a full rotation of the body around a vertical or horizontal
axis. Full, half or quarter turns
Shake - a short quick vibrating movement in a body part or the
Bend - a flex of a body part at a joint
Stretch - extending a body part or the whole body
Wiggle - a small or big, fast or slow curvy movement of a body part
or the whole body.
Rock or sway - shift of the body weight forward, backward, side to
side or in a circular pathway.