Improving resilience through the physical domain

Evans, Tracey; Glover, Alison; Mattingley, Rebecca and Jones, Desmond (2019). Improving resilience through the physical domain. Physical Education Matters, 14(2) pp. 41–43.



Physical literacy is a holistic concept described as the “motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value responsibility for maintaining purposeful physical pursuits/activities throughout the course of life” (Whitehead, 2013). This article focuses on an intervention to develop resilience through the physical in pupils aged 12-13 years. The approach was a collaborative one working with staff (12) and pupils (44) to determine their perceptions of the social and emotional barriers (resilience factors) to learning and using this consultation to develop an intervention. The outcome of the consultation influenced the nature of the activities and learning experiences that were facilitated in weekly afternoon sessions.

Whitehead, M. (2013) Definition of physical literacy and clarification of related issues. ICSSPE Bulletin, 65 (1.2).

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