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ERIC Number: EJ733993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1045-4853
Teaching Relaxation Skills in Physical Education
Courtney, Anita
Teaching Elementary Physical Education, v16 n3 p34-35 May 2005
"Stressed out" has become a way of life for many Americans. For children, stress comes from a variety of situations such as bullying, divorce, high stakes testing, and peer pressure. Because many children are not exposed to stress management techniques, stressful situations often result in unhealthy coping mechanisms such as overeating, "acting out," and substance abuse behaviors. Relaxation activities can be taught to provide students with methods of coping with these situations in a healthy manner. These strategies can then be used during school, outside of school, and throughout life. In fact, children who participate in relaxation activities during school experience reduced blood pressure and heart rate and self-report improvements in feelings of calmness and physical well-being (Lohaus & Klein-Hebling, 2000). As physical educators continue to emphasize healthy lifestyles, relaxation activities can be added to the list of healthy lifestyle skills taught during physical education. Relaxation activities require a minimal amount of time in physical education. When taught periodically throughout the curriculum, these activities can provide students with techniques for coping with stress. This article focuses on practical tips and activities to help maximize the effectiveness of teaching relaxation to elementary and middle school students. (Contains 8 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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