Physical literacy: an innovative concept for children’s preventive health

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Early bird rate: 215$ until August 21, 2019 (11:59 P.M), regular rate is 250$.

What is this new concept of physical literacy?

Joël Beaulieu is a doctoral student in psychopedagogy and trains and supports several people involved in the field of children’s motor development. He was a consultant for the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports and a specialist in educational sciences in the Department of Physical Activity Sciences at UQTR. Currently, he is the founding president of the consulting firm A+ Action, which specializes in motor skills and sports pedagogy. Joël Beaulieu, PhD candidate in psychopedagogy specializing in motor skills, offers you training on fundamental motor skills to be developed in children aged 5 to 12 years old

A child’s motor competence is one of the most important predictors of high levels of physical activity in adulthood (Stodden, 2017). This training will address the innovative concept of physical literacy and the stages of development between the ages of 0 and 12 from a perspective of overall health and academic success. Physical literacy represents the set of fundamental skills and values (motivation, confidence, foundation, skills, knowledge and responsibilities) that enable a person to move with control in a variety of physical, sporting and rhythmic activities.


Know children’s developmental benchmarks for gross motor skills:

– Cognitive and neuromotor evolution
– Critical period on motor programming

Understand children’s basic physical activity needs:

– Physical activity standards and prescription
– Diversification vs. specialization
– Free games vs. structured games

Know the stages of physical literacy:

– Basic level
– Level of excellence
– Level for life

Know the main components of gross motor skills and fundamental motor skills:

– Muscle tone, balance and coordination
– Running, throwing, catching, dribble, jumping, rolling, kicking, etc.

Understand the impacts of motor development on
academic success

Understand the impacts of motor development on
overall health

To know the roles of the health professional on a child’s level of motor skills

Know the screening tests for gross motor skills (Ulrich, MABC)

Be able to qualitatively assess fundamental motor skills using simple benchmarks (unvested, in the process of being acquired and acquired)

Be able to prescribe stimulation exercises in contexts of facilitating practices to improve targeted impairments during testing


  • Reception
12:30-3:00: Theoretical part
  • Developmental benchmarks
  • Children's basic physical activity needs
  • Physical literacy stages
  • Components of gross motor skills and fundamental motor skills
  • Impacts of physical literacy on health and academic success
  • Roles of the health professional on a child's motor skill level
3:00-4:30: Practical part
  • Practice of rapid screening tests for gross motor skills. Variations in standardized tests (Ulrich; MABC)
  • Practice of qualitative evaluation of certain fundamental motor skills
  • Demonstration of stimulation exercises to improve targeted deficiencies during tests
  • Video analysis of children during screening tests

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