Physical literacy is one of the latest buzzwords when it comes to your child’s daily activity. The good news is that it is a terrific way to understand how to keep your child healthy. We love it, and you’ll love it too when you learn a little more about physical literacy.
So, why talk about it today?
Youth sports have their most significant impact when kids are encouraged to develop a love of healthy exercise for their entire life. This requires a program framework that supports a variety of life skills. This conversation usually centers on teamwork and a sense of fair play. However, it can go a little further and deliver more powerful benefits.
What is physical literacy?
So, physical literacy can sound a little confusing, and like it’s going to be something complex, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Physical literacy is just learning the way our bodies move so we can run, jump, catch, and more.
They’re movement skills that help children learn how their bodies act and what they can do. This often happens naturally as they play youth sports or just have fun in the backyard.
Think about the way your child learned to talk. They started with singular sounds and then groups of sounds. Slowly, these became words, then phrases and sentences. We learn about our bodies in much the same way. Physical literacy is just a purposeful method for encouraging those movement “sentences.”
Your child is encouraged to talk more when they feel confident about how they can speak. They’re also more likely to play and stick with sports when they feel comfortable with their bodies. Our lessons turn games into youth programs that provide building blocks for a happy life.
Will physical literacy in youth programs benefit your child?
Physical literacy is “a gateway to an active lifestyle from childhood through to adulthood.” It can provide significant benefits for your child throughout their life. The concept is associated with many health improvements, such as a reduced risk for obesity.Some studies have found that it can improve how alert your child feels during the school day.
We’ve also seen children gain confidence in other areas over their lives, such as in making friends and tackling new challenges. Physical literacy ensures that they are comfortable to try something new. Your star, like many students, may become eager for a novel experience.
For your youth soccer, cheer, or martial arts students, there’s also an increase in coordination and response time in a broad set of activities. These can help your athlete train and excel as well as make it easier for them to enjoy a new sport or hobby like playing an instrument. These elements can encourage curiosity and sharpen the mind to adapt to whatever comes next.
Plus, we also find that kids who like to move and know how also tend to increase their love of youth sports. The desire for physical activity can carry on into adulthood.
Does ActivStars encourage physical literacy?
Part of our mission at ActivStars is to teach your child how to enjoy youth sports with their peers and foster a desire for activity. We’re helping to prepare your child to have a positive body image and healthy habits as an adult.
Practice and competition both play a significant role in youth sports’ ability to teach us how our bodies move. Together, we can help create the motivation and ability to understand all of these new ways to move. Plus, we give your child the tools they need to talk when something doesn’t feel right or safe.
ActivStars encourages healthy, active choices that can be beneficial to anyone participating in youth sports. We show how to be respectful of ourselves, friends and peers, and the communities we live in together, reinforced through specific programs. Youth programs are the best way to teach these skills while also ensuring your child gets all the health benefits of an active life.
Physical literacy is all about the way we move and how to understand our bodies. By establishing these foundations through practice and coaching, your child will be well-prepared for the rest of their adolescence and their adult lives. Building such skills early on is one of the best ways to encourage a healthy child to become a healthy adult.