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Gross motor control

Definition

Gross motor control is the ability to make large, general movements (such as waving an arm or lifting a leg). It requires proper coordination and function of muscle, bones, and nerves.

Information

Gross motor control is a milestone in the development of an infant.

Infants develop gross motor control before they develop the ability to make small, precise movements known as fine motor control.

References

Feigelman S. The first year. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme JW, Schor NF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 20th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 10.

Feigelman S. The second year. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme JW, Schor NF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 20th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 11.


Review Date: 5/14/2017
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