The athletic skills model: Enhancing physical literacy across the lifespan

Geert Savelsbergh*, René Wormhoudt

*Corresponding author for this work

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The chapter provides a suitable framework to structure developmental movement programmes fostering physical literacy. The Athletic Skills Model (ASM) strives to educate and develop each individual's capabilities to seek out and engage in lifelong physical activity and sport participation by maintaining a balance between performance, fitness, and health across the lifespan. For that purpose, the ASM is underpinned by ecological dynamics and advocates three major avenues to enrich movement experiences, namely, to make use of the concentric approach to movement skills acquisition. Secondly, to exploit the transferability of movements through the use of the concepts of Multisports and Donorsports. Thirdly, to create challenging learning environments that foster adaptability and encourage greater diversification of movement capabilities from a constraints-led perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNonlinear Pedagogy and the Athletic Skills Model
Subtitle of host publicationThe Importance of Play in Supporting Physical Literacy
EditorsJames Rudd, Ian Renshaw, Geert Savelsbergh, Jia Yi Chow, Will Roberts, Daniel Newcombe, Keith Davids
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781000402438
ISBN (Print)9780367457945, 9780367894610
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


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