Gross Motor

Movements using the large muscles and muscle groups of the body.

The term “gross motor” encompasses movements that require the whole body. They differ from the more precise movements defined as “fine motor.”

See Gross Motor Skills for examples of these types of movements.

A blue, computerized image of human legs kicking a soccer ball with the quadriceps muscles highlighted in red-orange to depict the large muscle groups used for this gross motor activity.