Literature On National Physical Literacy Interventions Aimed At Youth

1490 Words Oct 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
The purpose of this review is to discuss the literature on national physical literacy interventions aimed at youth. The first section will address the definition of physical literacy (PL) and its philosophical roots, and the second section will develop the use of PL to guide several national sport and athletic performance development programs in youths, particularly in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom (UK). The final two sections provide a summary of evidence related to physical literacy interventions and large-scale partnerships to increase physical activity on a national level.
Philosophical roots of physical literacy
Physical literacy (PL) has been used within physical education for over two decades, generally as an alternative to the idea of being physically educated. Discussions regarding the core goal of physical education in England established a debate to move beyond specific proficiency in specific activities to inclusiveness of all abilities and focuses on competencies in a variety of movements and environments. Whitehead (2001) argued the case for attention to be given in education to the physical dimension of our being. She proposed that the concept of physical literacy: should not only be about being able to 'do '. The notion of an ability to 'do ', of physical competence, could be conceived as involving no more than muscle strength and joint flexibility. Physical Literacy from a phenomenological and monist perspective is a far broader term and…

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