Teaching Lifetime Sports

Teaching Lifetime Sports

Teaching Lifetime Sports

Teaching Lifetime Sports

Synopsis

Provides the beginning and experienced physical education teacher with information to effectively teach lifetime sports and fitness activities.

Excerpt

Never before have people been more aware of the enormous benefits of physical activity to one's health. These benefits were most recently highlighted in the first [Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health] (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1996). This report's most prominent finding was that [people of all ages can improve the quality of their lives through a lifelong practice of moderate physical activity.] The benefits of lifelong fitness activities are enormous, yet the United States seems to be experiencing a decline in healthrelated fitness levels. This downward trend is of particular concern because it is occurring in children as well as adults.

DECLINE IN PHYSICAL FITNESS LEVELS

The nature of illness that beset our American population has recently under
gone a transition of sorts; from a predominance of infectious diseases to the
present predominance of degenerative diseases…. The increase of such
degenerative diseases as cardiovascular accidents (heart attacks and strokes),
hypertension, neuroses, and malignancies offers a challenge not only to medi
cine but to physical education as well. It seems that as improvements in med
ical science allow us to escape the decimation of such infectious diseases as
tuberculosis, diphtheria, poliomyelitis, etc., we live longer, but we fall prey to
the degenerative diseases at a slightly later date.

Herbert deVries (1966 p. 244)

This statement by deVries summarizes the challenges we face today to maintain our health through appropriate levels of physical activity. In 1900, infectious . . .

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