Moving Well-Being Well Project Underway
Irish Physical Activity Guidelines for Health currently state that all children and young people, from two to eighteen years of age, should have at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day (Department of Health and Children, 2009). The ‘Children’s Sport Participation and Physical Activity Study’ (Woods et al., 2010) found that only 14% of ten to eighteen year olds in Ireland were meeting these requirements. While investigating the factors that motivate children to partake in physical activity, the existing research emphasises the importance of developing the fundamental movement skills in children. Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) are the basic observable patterns of behaviour present from childhood to adulthood. Irish research has measured FMS in adolescents (O’Brien, Belton & Issartel, 2014), and found that only 11% could perform the required movement patterns adequately. This is alarming, considering that FMS mastery can be developed by the age of 6. Current children’s physical literacy is dangerously dropping to an unprecedented low level. In addition, there are many neuro-cognitive functions as well as physiological elements that need to be explored as there is a need to better understand the factors leading to obesity and reduced levels of physical activity, while also developing innovative interventions addressing these problems from a new angle. This singular, unique and ambitious project will assess 3000+ students around the country with a view to better understand the relationship between physical literacy, health related fitness, wellbeing and physical activity.
Project’s Partners: – Dublin City University – INSIGHT – GAA – Dublin GAA Moving Well-Being Well School/Research Group: School of Health and Human Performance Childhood Physical Activity Research Cluster Centre for Preventive Medicine Qualification
Contact Stephen Behan or Carmeron Peers