Definition of Physical Education
Kids, as well as adults, benefit from regular exercise. Health benefits from
regular exercise include: stronger muscles and bones, increased coordination
and energy, and decreased risk of developing chronic diseases such as type 2
diabetes. For most kids, exercise means being physically active during play,
recess, and physical education class, also known as P.E. Physical education
contributes to each child’s total growth and development.
Physical education is a course taught in school that focuses on developing
physical fitness and the ability to perform and enjoy day-to-day physical
activities with ease. Kids also develop skills necessary to participate in a
wide range of activities, such as soccer, basketball, or swimming. Regular
physical education classes prepare kids to be physically and mentally active,
fit, and healthy into adulthood. An effective physical education program
should include engaging lessons, trained P.E. teachers, adequate instructional
periods, and student evaluation.
Curriculum of Physical Education
Physical education helps students develop physical skills and confidence.
For example, elementary and middle school curriculum includes activities
that help kids obtain and improve skills, such as running, catching, throwing,
and striking, applicable to sports such as baseball, volleyball, or karate.
Balancing skills could be applied to dance or gymnastics.
High school curriculum should focus on lifetime sports skills like tennis or
aerobic dance, with a secondary emphasis on team sports.
Physical education develops fitness and fosters the desire for lifelong
participation in physical activity. high school curriculum prepares students
to become highly proficient in one or more sport and/or fitness activity of their choice.
Benefit of Physical education:
There are many benefits of physical education in schools. When students get
physical education, they :
- Improve their grades and standardized test scores.
- Increase their level of physical activity.
- Stay on-task in the classroom.
Physical Education and Physical Activity
Schools are in a unique position to help students attain the nationally
recommended 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily.
Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence is important for promoting
lifelong health and well-being and preventing various health conditions.
To learn more about benefits of physical activity, physical activity behaviors
of young people, and recommendations, visit Physical Activity Facts. For more visit Here
Find out what CDC is doing nationwide to help more adults, children, and
adolescents become physically active.