So what is it?
Physical literacy is the concept of developing the fundamental movement skills that are used to help build physical confidence and a love for movement that allows us to be active for life (1). The early development of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable participation in a wide range of activities and sports can be used to make healthy, active choices that are beneficial and respectful to one's self, others, and the environment (2). PacificSport Fraser Valley champions the development of quality sport experiencs that provide the types of activities that help children develop physical literacy.
Benefits of physical literacy
- Development of physical competence
- Increased self-esteem, confidence, happiness, and overall mental health (3)
- Improved academic performance and cognitive skills (3)
- Reduced risk of injury in physical activity and sport (2)
- Confidence and commitment to participate in a range of physical activities throughout life (4)
Three main elements of physical literacy
- Physical competence
Physical competence refers to the individual's ability to develop movement skills and patterns, and the capacity to experience a variety of movement intensities and durations.
Motivation and confidence refers to an individual's enthusiasm for, enjoyment of, and self-assurance in adopting physical activity as an integral part of life.
We all have a role to play in order to increase the percentage of children that are developing fundamental movement skills and participating in daily physical activity. We can:
- Encourage kids to be active every day
- Introduce fundamental movement skills through games
- Lead by example and participate in physical activity
- Ensure that youth are not specializing in one sport too soon
- Encourage learning and the understanding that is okay to make mistakes
- Create an environment where participants feel respected by their peers and their leaders