Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What is physical literacy?

Individuals who are physically literate move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person.

  • Physically literate individuals consistently develop the motivation and ability to understand, communicate, apply, and analyze different forms of movement.

  • They are able to demonstrate a variety of movements confidently, competently, creatively and strategically across a wide range of health-related physical activities.

  • These skills enable individuals to make healthy, active choices that are both beneficial to and respectful of their whole self, others, and their environment.

For more information and supporting evidence on Physical Literacy, review the Physical Literacy Key Messages document (Appendix A) or visit the following websites:

Mandigo J, Francis N, Lodewyk K, Lopez R.  Physical literacy for educators.  Physical and Health Education Journal 2009; 75(3): 27-30.