Physical literacy is defined as the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge, and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life. If you are not familiar with this term, then you need to check out — www.physicalliteracy.ca! It offers a wide range of resources, including information on a new phrase called ‘Movement Preparation.’
Previously, athletes would prepare for game or practice through a “warm-up.” This included things such as a cardiovascular exercise and various types of stretching. This then transitioned to what is known as a “Dynamic Warmup,” which would be a series of sport specific movements designed to prepare the athlete’s muscles for performance. Physical Literacy Movement Preparation will not only prepare the body for movement, but also improves the way you move. This then reduces the risk of injury during physical activity and teaches skills that will benefit participation in unfamiliar activities.
For physiotherapists, this is an easy sell. However, the reason why coaches are beginning to move towards Movement Preparation is because it will increase performance as well as durability. Click on the link below to see the handbook on Movement Preparation. These drills can be used not only for injury prevention, but also in the rehabilitation process, as long as there has been appropriate exercise progression.
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Physiotherapists can play a huge roll in creating a more physically literate society!