Addressing Physical Literacy during COVID-19

Addressing Physical Literacy during COVID-19

With people unable to gather in their local parks to go for walks, ride bikes or play some pick-up basketball, many youngsters are likely growing increasingly frustrated with their lack of physical activity. 

This may be great time to (re)introduce the concept of physical literacy to young athletes who do not want to lose their skill or fitness levels but are unable to take part in their chosen sports, as well as to nonathletes who would really benefit from building a solid foundation of good motor skills. 

Physical literacy is defined by The Aspen Institute (2015as the ability, confidence and desire to be physically active for life. Even if one of your youth clients doesn’t dream of someday playing in the NBA or competing in the Olympics, he or she can undoubtedly benefit from gaining skill and confidence in the ability to move efficiently and with good form. For example, a child who knows how to swim will be able to participate in countless water-based activities for the rest of his or her life like one day swim with their own children.

Physical literacy goes beyond the development of foundational motor skills like running, balancing and throwing, however, as it also requires the mindset to use those skills. Confidence involves knowing that you have the ability to play sports or enjoy physical activities as opportunities arise. Once a child has the ability and confidence to participate, his or her desire to be active can be developed…

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