Measurement in Physical Education

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chapter 10
evaluation of body mechanics

Introduction

"The person with poor posture is ungainly, awkward and unesthetic. . . ."25 "Erect posture enhances the feeling of well-being. There is in the ability to consciously stand well the same joy which comes with any skill. To know that you know how to stand well, that you can and are standing well, gives a feeling of self-confidence and poise. . . ."12

No one can deny the validity of the above statements. Yet, how many of us had the privilege of good postural training in our formative years? Do you stand and move gracefully? Are you proud of your carriage?

Look around at your elders and select someone whom you would like to emulate in terms of physical appearance. In most cases your choice from individuals in your immediate environment limits the selection to a few. On the other hand, if you were to make this choice from a group of people who recognize that their success depends to a large extent upon their physical appearance, your problem would be simplified. For example, movie actors and actresses, dancers, and most theatrical people realize the necessity for maintaining grace and poise of stature and movement. They understand the values of such skills, and work hard to accomplish excellence in basic movement. In addition, schools of charm spend considerable time in teaching their students how to move. It goes without saying that the key to good appearance lies in a well-trained body. Then too, age seems to be kind to those who practice and perfect the fundamentals of movement.

How disheartening it is to see a girl dressed in a pretty party dress,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Chapter 1 Approach to Measurement and Evaluation 1
  • Bibliography 23
  • Chapter 2 Test Selection 25
  • Chapter 3 Analysis of Test Scores 33
  • Bibliography 71
  • Chapter 4 Measuring Strength 72
  • Bibliography 107
  • Chapter 5 Motor Fitness Tests 109
  • Bibliography 156
  • Chapter 6 General Motor Ability 157
  • Bibliography 201
  • Chapter 7 Sports Skill Testing 204
  • Bibliography 228
  • Chapter 8 Cardiovascular Tests 229
  • Bibliography 258
  • Chapter 9 Nutritional Measurements and Somatotype 260
  • Bibliography 295
  • Chapter 10 Evaluation of Body Mechanics 297
  • Introduction 297
  • Bibliography 336
  • Chapter 11 Evaluation of Social Development 338
  • Bibliography 358
  • Chapter 12 Sports Knowledge Tests 360
  • Bibliography 372
  • Chapter 13 Marking in Physical Education 374
  • Bibliography 390
  • Chapter 14 Organization and Administration of the Measurement Program 391
  • Bibliography 404
  • Appendix a Table of Square Roots of Numbers from 1 to 1000 405
  • Appendix B Suggested Laboratory Exercises 416
  • Appendix C the New Britain System 420
  • Appendix D Norms for Aahper Youth Fitness Test 428
  • Appendix E Norms for Kirchner Motor Fitness Test 452
  • Appendix F Norms for Oregon Motor Fitness Test 456
  • Index 463
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