Developing physical literacy optimizes both lifelong physical activity and athlete development
The multi-sport advantage
Experts agree that physical literacy provides the foundation for achievement in sport, and also for success in life.
In fact, even children with an aptitude — and love — for a sport should not specialize in it until they are well into their teens. This will help prevent over-use injuries and reduce the risk of burnout, and practice in each sport improves ability in every other activity.
As a national initiative about physical literacy, Active for Life has information, advice, and resources for parents who want to raise active and successful children.
Here are some key articles about the multi-sport advantage.
Kids play sports for the fun of it
Check out the new multi-sport website
Repetition of one activity to the exclusion of all others is rarely wise
Useful information for community coaches
Kids should participate in many different sports and physical activities
Here’s a hint: it’s not single sport specialization
Variety is crucial until the age of 14 or 15
A tale of two different approaches to childhood development
Diversification is more important during a child’s first decade
Children need an age-appropriate space to feel comfortable and have fun
Greatness is not born, it’s made
Kids pay a high cost for early specialization
Multisport programs are spreading across Canada