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ERIC Number: ED104831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-14
Pages: 15
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Re-Visioning Sports, Physical Education and the Body.
Leonard, George
Physical education and athletic programs are usually considered expendable parts of the American lifestyle. Nearly half the adults in the United States do not exercise at all, and of those that do, many indulge in their favorite sport only once or twice a month. Although America seems to be a sports-conscious nation, the majority of the population are spectators rather than active participants. A demand for equal time for health, physical education, and recreation needs to be made. However, there should first be a change in attitude concerning sports. Why should the national favorites continue to be football, baseball, and soccer when they have been found to not be conducive to physical fitness and health? Besides being poor body builders, competitive sports have recently been considered drains on the spirit because competition makes more losers than winners. There is now a growing movement in American physical education which emphasizes lifetime sports rather than the usual team sports learned in school. This movement is exemplified by the increasing number of local recreational athletes, creation of new family games, booming interest in dance, Eastern martial arts, and other disciplines. With a change in attitude, people can have both sound bodies and sound minds. (JS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (Atlantic City, New Jersey, March 1975)