‘Deliberate Preparation’ as an evidence-based focus for primary physical education

Giblin, S., Collins, D. orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7601-0454, MacNamara, Á., orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8110-6784 and Kiely, J. orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-9817-0224 (2014) ‘Deliberate Preparation’ as an evidence-based focus for primary physical education. Quest, 66 (4). pp. 385-395. ISSN 0033-6297

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There is substantial scientific research suggesting the physical and psychological health benefits of a physically active lifestyle. Consequently, governments worldwide prioritize policies, finances, and resources in healthcare, education, and sports sectors to increase mass participation in physical activity. However, practices in physical activity promotion are often not underpinned by evidence-based standardization that is requisite in other domains of epidemiology. The aim of this article is to examine critically the available scientific research on promoting life-long physical activity participation and to propose an evidence-based model for implementation in school physical education. Reasons are discussed as to why programs that integrate physical, psychological, and behavioral skills have been long acknowledged in physical education and physical activity domains but remain lacking in empirical validation. Finally, future directions are suggested that are required to examine the application of this approach to practice in primary-level physical education.

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