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Physical Literacy

Childhood obesity and rising inactivity among children threatens the future health of the country and the problem needs to be addressed immediately. Physical literacy is the development of fundamental movement skills (running, jumping, throwing, catching) and fundamental sport skills (agility, balance, coordination) that permit a child to move confidently and with control, in a wide range of physical activity and sport situations. Research shows that without the development of physical literacy, many children and youth withdraw from physical activity and sport and turn to more inactive and unhealthy choices during their leisure time.

Being active during adulthood most often comes from having learned fundamental movement and sport skills as a child. Therefore, to create an active and healthy population all children need a sound foundation of movement and sport skills to lead an active life later.

The READINESS FACTOR: At a certain point in maturation, all the the muscles and nerves become developed enough that the child has the potential to perform a particular skill (the readiness factor), and now they have to learn it.  As the skill begins to emerge naturally, learning can be dramatically improved through opportunities for fun practice using lots of different equipment and materials.

Physical Development and Acquisition of Motor Skills in Children

We help Children Learn Fundamental Movement Skills

  • Make sure each child learn important fundamental skills.
  • All children have the opportunity to be physically active for at least 30 minutes per day.
  • Continue to play catching, throwing, hitting, running and other physically demanding games.
  • Keep sport and physical activity FUN.
  • Every child have the opportunity to take part in various activities during the critical physical literacy years.
  • Extra care for those not learning even after readines for learning skill emerged.

It is better to be overweight and active than normal and inactive.