Physical Literacy Blog

Move over, ‘sit still’! Why kids need to move in school By Kelly Wallace, CNN

(CNN)A few years ago, when my girls were in the second and third grades, they raved about the dance breaks they would occasionally have during the school day. Their teachers would put on a video, which encouraged the kids to get up and dance, and then they’d get back to work. “What a brilliant idea,”…

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Physical Literacy Professional Development and Curriculum

Children and adults, develop and effectively implement the fundamental movement, nutrition, and mindfulness skills necessary to live a physically, socially, and emotionally healthy, active life. In order to create a sustainable PL culture, NAPL provides research-based tools, which include online and in-person PL training, standards-aligned curriculum, certification and step-by-step guidance necessary to all stakeholders. Visit…

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Sports Sampling May Reduce Injury Risk in Young Athletes

Reprinted from UCONN Today  Competition for coveted athletic scholarships is prompting some young athletes to focus all of their attention on one sport at the exclusion of others. But a new study out of the University of Connecticut shows that encouraging children to participate in a variety of sports and physical activities has its own…

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Childhood Obesity is an Epidemic

GENEVA (Reuters) – The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has jumped tenfold in the past 40 years and the rise is accelerating in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Asia, a major study said on Wednesday.  Read more

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Physical Literacy Takes Root

  Physical Literacy Takes Root in Schools with a Whole Child Approach

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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