Physical Literacy

Physical literacy is the cornerstone of both participation and excellence in physical activity and sport. Individuals who are physically literate are more likely to be active for life.

  • Becoming physically literate is influenced by the individual's age, maturation and capacity.
  • Ideally, supporting the development of physical literacy should be a major focus prior to the adolescent growth spurt.
  • The skills that make up physical literacy vary by location and culture, and depend on how much importance a society places on certain activities.

Physically literate individuals:

  • Demonstrate a wide variety of basic human movements, fundamental movement skills and fundamental sports skills.
  • Move with poise, confidence, competence and creativity in different physical environments (on the ground, both indoor and outdoor; in the air; in and on water; on snow and ice).
  • Develop the motivation and ability to understand, communicate, apply and analyze different forms of movement.
  • Make choices that engage them in physical activity, recreation or sport activities that enhance their physical and psychological wellness, and permit them to pursue sport excellence commensurate with their ability and motivation.

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To read the entire Canadian Sport for Life - Long-Term Athlete Development 2.0 resource paper click here.