Physical Development

Physical Literacy is a term used to describe the ability of a child to perform fundamental movement skills including running, jumping, hopping and many more.  The human body is extremely capable of learning the essential movements to be successful within games, but there are multiple scenarios within a game situation which will require different combinations of physical literacy.

 

Typically, it is natural for young players to continue what they are successful in.  For example, a fast player will typically rely on pure speed to escape opponents, a taller player may focus their efforts on aerial domination, a player who is dominant on their left side will continually turn with the ball in that direction.  Although this may enable short term success, players who rely on this will inevitably be physically caught by their peers and their previous advantage will now be less effective.

 

It is important that players are aware of and embrace training their less dominant physical abilities.  A player that wants to reach their full potential will need to consciously improve these areas to enable them to cope with the ever increasing physical demands of a game.

 

Physical Literacy

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