Introduction to physical literacy

Introduction to physical literacy

Sport for Life is committed to implementing the practice of developing physical literacy across the country. Physical literacy occurs when individuals acquire the skills and confidence that allows them to enjoy a variety of sports and physical activities.

The Introduction to Physical Literacy (PDF) lists the fundamental movement skills – travelling skills, object control skills, and balance movements – that lay the foundation for physical literacy. From there, children begin to learn fundamental sport skills and how they’re used in various decision making situations across a range of environments.

The benefits of physical literacy aren’t limited to physical health. It also improves academic performance, cognitive skills, mental health, psychological wellness, social skills, and healthy lifestyle habits. Thus, all children should master fundamental movement skills and develop physical literacy.

Canadian Sport for Life is a movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada.

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