Teaching Lifetime Sports

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Introduction

IMPORTANCE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN SOCIETY TODAY

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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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations xi
  • Tables xiii
  • Preface xv
  • Part One 1
  • 1: Introduction 3
  • 2: Basic Teaching Skills 13
  • Part Two 45
  • 3: Fitness Walking 47
  • 4: Running 59
  • 5: Exercising with Equipment 71
  • 6: In-Line Skating 91
  • 7: Mountain Biking 101
  • 8: Volleyball 111
  • 9: Tennis 123
  • 10: Swimming 149
  • Appendix 163
  • Index 165
  • About the Author and Contributors 169
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