Movement as relations—preverbal, conscious, and affected?
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Original versionEngelsrud, G. (2021). Movement as relations—Preverbal, conscious, and affected? In R. Bailey, J. P. Agans, J. Côté, A. Daly-Smith, & P. D. Tomporowski (Eds.), Physical activity and sport during the first ten years of life (pp. 28–38). Routledge. 10.4324/9780429352645-5
The relationship between physical activity and health has received widespread attention, but despite its documented health effects, physical activity is reduced among the general population, including among children. During the first ten years of life, children are in a constant state of development, socialization and education, subjected to institutional norms and structural frameworks for rights, ownership, and participation in a range of different arenas. Vibration is the expansion and contraction of rhythmic waves. Vibration occurs in the living body already in the earliest stages of childhood, and continues into what Bainbridge Cohen calls cellular breathing, which according to her is the basis of a life-producing pattern. Pulsation and rhythm are core movement qualities that exist within and between lived bodies as essential nonverbal experiences. Sports and physical activity are a field of human knowledge where children always learn through movement.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Physical Activity and Sport During the First Ten Years of Life on 13 April 2021, available online: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429352645