The Teen Brain

By Sarah Raskin,  Professor of Neuroscience at Trinity College I am sure you are already convinced that moderate sports and exercise are good for your child’s health.  If you are like me, I always thought, okay they should do a sport to have fun, learn some great lessons and keep their bodies healthy, but that’s…

Teach Kids Using What They Already Know

By Steve Boyle I thought I’d share one of those great “crossover effect a-ha” moments I had recently with my youngest athletes. I was trying to teach the concept of defending against the “give and go” as we were beat repeatedly by it in the prior game. As defenders, most players instinct when the ball…

BrainErgizers

BrainErgizers are 5 min videos designed to help kids be mindful and keep moving. BrainErgizers facilitate opportunities for students to breathe, relax, recharge and refocus. High concentration can cause physical and emotional tension in students and BrainErgizers reduce this tension, allowing students to remain in the instructional level of learning. BrainErgizers combat increasing levels of…

The Urgency

Physical Literacy as defined by NAPL is the ability, balance, confidence, desire, and explorative nature to be healthy and active for life. A growing body of evidence indicates, “Childhood obesity is a national epidemic. Nearly 1 in 3 children (ages 2-19) in the United States is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious…

Physical Literacy is the Solution

Imagine if children only learned the letters A-G or to count 1-10. Their ability to perform the basic fundamental tasks required to be contributing members of society would be extremely hindered. So why is it acceptable then that there is a large percentage of our children that lack the ability, or the confidence to perform…

Impact of Physical Literacy

Giving children the opportunity to learn fundamental movement skills makes it possible for them to feel successful in sport, which improves their behavior and increases their confidence, which in turn boosts their desire to explore new sports and stay healthy and active for life. Our studies have shown physical literacy makes a significant, long term…

Healthy, happy, active children

NAPL spreads the message of Physical Literacy by teaching kids sport sampling, fundamental movement, nutrition and mindfulness skills.   We train and certify teachers, coaches, parents and administrators to impact the whole child by using our unique approach to Physical Literacy that incorporates sport sampling, steam gardening and healthy cooking infused with mindfulness. Healthy, happy,…

“Go outside and work!”

“Go outside and work!” Said no mom ever to a 9 year old when I was growing up.   But now that’s the messaging that our kids are getting when it comes to sports.   “You have to work on your shot” …. “You have to work on your quickness”…. “You have to work on…

5 Reasons Kids Should Play More Than One Sport

They learn valuable life skills It helps them grow into a healthy, physically literate person They can experience the “crossover effect”- honing skills that crossover from one sport to another It prevents burnout and injury They have more fun