Top ten research questions related to Physical Literacy

Physical Literacy is defined as: Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.

  • International Physical Literacy Association, May, 2014

But although a common definition has been agreed upon, there is *so much* research that needs to be done before we gain a thorough understanding on the minimal and optimal levels of physical literacy that are needed for a healthy active lifestyle. We also don’t understand how these levels change across the lifespan.

Earlier this year, Drs. Patricia Longmuir and Mark Tremblay suggested ten important research questions that need to be explored (taken verbatim from the manuscript):

  1. Do the important components for monitoring progress in physical literacy differ by culture or across the life span?
  2. How can we chart progress in the adaptive components of physical literacy?
  3. How should physical literacy be monitored within typical physical activity settings?
  4. How does the physical literacy journey vary with individual factors?
  5. How does the physical literacy journey vary by environmental factors?
  6. How do individual and environmental factors important to the physical literacy journey interact?
  7. What are the key individual factors/targets/qualities for successful interventions to support the physical literacy journey?
  8. What are the key environmental factors/targets/qualities for successful interventions to support the physical literacy journey?
  9. How can individual and environmental factors be optimized to enhance intervention effectiveness?
  10. Across the life span, what are the benefits of higher levels of physical literacy?

Authors: Patricia Longmuir, Mark Tremblay

Top Research Questions Related to Physical Literacy