Effort Awareness

Effort Awareness – Movement Framework Approach

Aspects and Examples


Effort Component

Developing the Concept of Time

Fast and Slow

Help children develop a functional understanding of the concept of time by contrasting fast and slow actions of total body and body parts

Focusing on acceleration and deceleration





Exploring Force

Force is a contrast of muscular tensions


Hard -Strong


Soft - Light


Concept of force in skill development is usually relegated to control/utilization levels

Educational dance/gymnastics

Aggression; strength; power; firm; fine


Developing The Concept of Flow

Free flow

Actions are unstoppable; movement controls the situation

Batter’s swing


Bound flow

Stoppable, cautious, restrained

Pushing a heavy object

Slow cartwheel