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Fundamental sports skills are considered the most crucial element underpinning sports competence and physical literacy.

Obese children and those with motor skill difficulties tend to avoid physical activity and games as a coping strategy due to frustration, fear of failure and poor self-efficacy within competitive environments.

The aim of this research is firstly to identify the current physical literacy of these movement competencies in primary school children, then to assess interventions that can be performed in the classroom setting and monitor the changes if any in these competencies over the course of time.

Aims of study

Researchers plan to assess:

  • Current physical literacy in school age children
  • Changes in these physical literacy measures across the course of a 4-term program of intervention
  • Intra-rater and inter-rater reliability of the screening tool and measures

Many of today’s health problems are related to a lack of movement or can be treated by increased movement. The ability to move was once considered a standard part of any child’s daily life and all children had a sound physical literacy that progressed into adulthood.

However with increasing technology, safety issues, and environmental restrictions many children no longer grow up with a movement based approach to fun and daily activity. It is important that physical literacy is firstly determined and then ways sought to improve these skills.

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