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Physical Literacy for the Older Adult

Roetert, E. Paul, PhD1; Ortega, Catherine, EdD2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 2 - p 89–99
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000430
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ABSTRACT THIS ARTICLE INTRODUCES THE CONSTRUCT OF PHYSICAL LITERACY PARTICULARLY AS IT RELATES TO THE OLDER ADULT. MOST ARTICLES PERTAINING TO PHYSICAL LITERACY IN THE SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE HAVE SHARED INFORMATION RELATIVE TO THE SECTORS OF YOUTH SPORTS AND CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. HOWEVER, THE DEFINITION OF PHYSICAL LITERACY HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR ENGAGEMENT IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES FOR THE FULL LIFE SPAN. THEREFORE, THE FOCUS OF THIS ARTICLE IS ON THE OLDER ADULT, AN OFTEN OVERLOOKED AUDIENCE, AND ADDRESSES SPECIFIC SAMPLE EXERCISES THAT CAN HELP START THAT AUDIENCE ON THE PATH OF PHYSICAL LITERACY. GUIDELINES FOR THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PRACTITIONER ARE PROVIDED.

1College of Health and Human Performance, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida; and

2Department of Physical Therapy, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

Address correspondence to Dr. E. Paul Roetert, eproetert@gmail.com.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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E. Paul Roetertis an AdjunctProfessor in the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida.

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Catherine Ortegais a Castella Endowed Allied Health Chair in Geriatric Science in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

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