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The Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy (CAPL)

Health Through Physical Literacy for Ontario Children: Recreation Providers, Health Units and Schools Working Together
 
The CAPL is the first comprehensive protocol that can accurately and reliably assess a broad spectrum of skills and abilities that contribute to and characterize the physical literacy level of a participating child (Longmuir, 2013). 
 
Physical literacy moves beyond just fitness, motor skill or motivation in isolation. The CAPL is unique in that it can assess the multiple aspects of physical literacy: daily behaviour, motivation & confidence, knowledge & understanding, and physical competence. The CAPL is valid and reliable for children 8-12 years of age. 
 
The Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) have been responsible for the systematic development of the CAPL since 2008. HALO’s test development efforts have been informed by the assessment of more than 2,000 children and with input from well over 100 researchers and practitioners within related fields of study. 
 
Through funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, we have partnered with ParticipACTION to enhance and protect the health of Ontario children by enabling community sport and recreation leaders and coaches, public health staff, and educators to assess physical literacy among children eight to 12 years of age.We are also developing a version of the CAPL for children 13-15 years of age with pilot testing that is ongoing.
 
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