ERIC Number: EJ708247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 22
Take Sport Education a Step Further: Add Fitness
Beaudet, Bob; Acquaviva, John; Grube, Dan
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v75 n9 p39 Nov-Dec 2004
The Surgeon General's report on physical activity and health provides abundant evidence that physical activity plays a role in helping to prevent and treat coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, hypertension, depression, and obesity. While adolescents are generally not directly at risk for such diseases, the habit of exercise begins to deteriorate early in life. A typical high school physical education class often focuses on team sports. It could easily be argued that such a curriculum does very little or nothing to enhance students' health and fitness. Many would argue that the solution to this dilemma is to create a new curriculum and include more individual-oriented, cognitive-based classes. However, since attempting to eliminate team sports might be met with great resistance, the answer may be to enhance fitness through the team-sport curriculum. One way to do this is to adopt the concept of sport education from Siedentop (1994), and apply the various concepts of fitness to each class period. The purpose of this article is to show how sport education and fitness education can be combined and successfully implemented as a unit in physical education.
Descriptors: Athletics, Physical Fitness, Physical Activities, High Schools, Secondary School Curriculum, Physical Education, Team Sports
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States