What is Physical Literacy

Physical literacy can be defined as “the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge, and understanding to value, and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life” (IPLA, 2017).

Individuals who have high physical literacy are more aware of how their body works, what it needs to function properly, and they are able to foster life-long physical activity habits. Physical literacy should be the foundation of physical education since students with higher levels of it are healthier than others.

References / Further reading
  1. Caldwell, H., A., T., Di Cristofaro, N., A., Cairney, J., Bray, S. R., MacDonald, M., J. & Timmons, B., W. (2020). Physical Literacy, Physical Activity, and Health Indicators in School-Age Children. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 17, 5367. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17155367
  2. Edwards, L. C., Bryant, A. S., Keegan, R. J., Morgan, K., & Jones, A. M. (2017). Definitions, Foundations and Associations of Physical Literacy: A Systematic Review. Sports medicine (Auckland, N.Z.)47(1), 113–126. DOI: 10.1007/s40279-016-0560-7
  3. IPLA, 2017, https://www.physical-literacy.org.uk/
  4. Shearer, C., Goss, H. R., Boddy, L. M., Knowles, Z. R., Durden-Myers, E. J., & Foweather, L. (2021). Assessments Related to the Physical, Affective and Cognitive Domains of Physical Literacy Amongst Children Aged 7-11.9 Years: A Systematic Review. Sports medicine - open7(1), 37. DOI: 10.1186/s40798-021-00324-8  
  5. UNESCO, 2015. Quality Physical Education (QPE): guidelines for policy makers; 2015 - 231101eng.pdf (unesco.org)
  6. Whitehead, M. (2019). Definition of physical literacy: development and issues. Physical Literacy across the World. DOI: 10.4324/9780203702697-2

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