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ATHLETICISM


Laying the foundations in a safe, controlled, environment with like-minded individuals challenges athletes to push themselves, which can accelerate their improvements. Coaches and athletes of Twist North Vancouver seek to improve their neuromuscular communication with agility slat drills.


Move Over Reading (W)Riting and (A)Rithmetic: Here Comes


Physical Literacy!


By Jeff Roux B.P.E.; CSCS; TSCC-Gold Kristin Smart BA (Hon.Kin); Masters of Teaching (MT); TSCC-Gold Peter Twist Msc, BPE, CSCS, PTS, TSCC-Gold


“Physical Literacy [is] essential to a complete experience of human life.” –Whitehead, 2001


of how being more fit, healthy, and active could actually help their academic development as well.


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n the fitness industry we aim to inspire others to become or stay physically active in order to live a healthy, active life. It is imperative to our success that we discover the reasons why. Today’s education system has put the development of the “three R’s” as the highest priorities for improving the academic development of our children without enough consideration


Despite all of the research and knowledge on the importance of


physical activity, people of all ages are still sedentary or not nearly as active as they need to be on a daily basis. Some would quickly assume they are just lazy or apathetic, but the truth is, they may be intimidated or simply lack the confidence to get moving in the first place. Poor physical literacy may be the reason. The great news is that coaches and fitness professionals have the opportunity and the tools to change this trend. Everyone can improve their athleticism and become a better


athlete at any stage of their life. Whether they are an elite NHL player, weekend warrior, or eight-year-old house league lacrosse player, their athleticism can always improve. Everyone can learn to move more efficiently, effectively, and improve movement skill no matter what stage of training or life they are currently in. Physical literacy is not just the biomechanics of movement. Physical literacy is the feel of movement. Our Twist performance coaches orient gym practices around teaching physical literacy by implementing and overloading drills focused on improving move- ment. The language of movement is written in feel. Students learn their ABC’s of physical literacy when they are schooled in movement


Active coaching fosters determination and focus in youth athletes at Twist Whitby.


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