Sunday, February 28, 2010

Development of Physical Education Get involved!!!

Three critical issues facing children in the US today are childhood obesity has been rising rapidly, in-school and community violence among youth have alarmed us all, and early puberty has important psychological ramifications.

Some goals of the concept "Developmental Physical Education" are that a person is physically fit, a person participates regularly in physical activity, and the person knows the implications and the benefits of involvement in physical activities.

Developmental physical education recognizes the relationship among the specific requirements of the movement task, the biology of the individual, and the conditions of the learning environment in promoting motor control and movement competence.

Individual appropriateness- The inclusion of learning experience into the physical education program geared to learner's phases and stages of motor development and the levels and stages of movement skills
Group appropriateness- The inclusion of learning experiences into the physical education experience based on chronological age and grade level

Fundamental movement skills include locomotion and manipulation
Locomotion : walking, running,leaping, jumping, and hopping
manipulation: Ball rolling, throwing, kicking, punting, and striking

Patterns of stability can be observed as axial, static and dynamic movements
Axial: Bending, stretching, twisting, turning, and swinging
Static/dynamic: upright balances, inverted balances, rolling,starting, stopping, and dodging

Physical fitness is defined as Health related and Performance related
Health related: Muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, joint flexibility, and body composition
Performance-related: Balance, coordination, agility, speed and power

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