Physical Literacy and Sport

Physical Literacy and Sport  
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Australian Sports Commission
Last updated  Last updated: 29 May 2017
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Physical Literacy and Sport
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Introduction

In its broadest context ‘literacy’ means gaining knowledge and competency in a specific discipline or subject area. During childhood the learning process is facilitated by direct intervention from adult carers (primarily parents, teachers, and significant others), as well as interaction with peers and the environment. The learning process evolves and continues through adulthood. Both structured and informal learning situations contribute to the desired result – literacy. 

Physical literacy is a lifelong process for individuals with a focus on learning and improving competency of movement skills across a wide range of physical activity situations. 


Key Messages 

1

Physical literacy is a process that begins in infancy and continues throughout life.

2

Early competency of movement skills appears to encourage greater participation in sport and lifelong physical activity.

3

Participation in any sport will contribute to the acquisition of related fundamental movement skills. Some sports, when introduced to young children (such as athletics, gymnastics, and swimming) activate many skills and are generally accessible for early-age skill development.

4

Play opportunities, relevant physical education curriculum, and organised sport participation help young children to become ‘physically literate’.




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