A healthy mind in a healthy body? Here’s what the science says.
One genetic study of over a quarter million people highlights the cognitive benefits of exercise, while another, based on 30 years of scientific literature, says the opposite. Who’s right and who’s wrong?
Girls are often denied the chance of playing football as part of their physical education.
Physical education is too often sexist and old fashioned. Here’s what it could be like instead.
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As enrolments climb and urban spaces become more crowded, some schools have been left with less play space per student than a prison cell.
Teachers in a study shared how they solve the challenges they meet when leading outdoor education.
Policymakers can boost outdoor education by integrating it into strategies to enhance both student and teacher well-being and equity.
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Many primary school PE lessons have been outsourced to private sports contractors, resulting in the ‘deskilling’ of a generation of teachers.
The benefits of sport for young people include not only health and enjoyment, but also an appreciation of many of the civic values and ethics that make our democracy work.
Studies point to students’ movement skills declining during lockdowns, especially among younger children. Levels of physical activity must be restored to avoid lifelong harm to their health.
PE teachers need better training to ensure children with disabilities have as much access to school sports as their able-bodied peers.
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Inclusive education has been promoted since the 1970s. But research shows children with disabilities are still excluded from school activities and sports in particular
Researchers found that circus activities improve movement competencies, confidence and motivation.
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Teaching circus arts — from juggling to trapeze — in physical education classes increased children’s physical literacy, resilience and participation, with greater gender equity.
Health and physical education includes subjects such as sport science, health studies, athlete development, food and nutrition, outdoor and environmental studies, and sport and recreation.
Governments spend millions to try to get kids moving but these interventions may be short-lived, or only benefit a group of kids. Our program is cost-effective and can work long term.
The ideal male body didn’t always include chiseled abs.
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Greek statues, the Napoleonic wars and the advent of photography all played a role.
Exercise classes are made up of one-way instruction – but PE is collaborative and can teach all-round skills.
Because of remote learning, school children have no opportunity to attend physical education classes.
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With many schools closed, children’s health could suffer.
Strong PE programs encourage students to remain physically active for life.
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Youth physical inactivity was already a problem before COVID-19, but it doesn’t have to stay that way.
Improving social, physical and psychological abilities.
There are many ways for children and teens to stay active.
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The cost and the hassles involved can stand in the way of kids joining teams and taking part in organized activities. So can cultural barriers.
Schools could use bushwalking as an activity and link it to lessons in other subjects such as geography and science.
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We need to keep active and exercise to stay healthy. So why not teach school kids some of the activities they’d go on to enjoy later in life?
Young people spend too much time sitting still. When they get a chance to move, it should not be stressful.
Some Nordic school kids are doing an average of two to three hours of physical activity a week. Does Australia need to lift its game?
Specialist teachers and hours of compulsory physical education a week are keeping Nordic school children moving. When it comes to physical activity, Australia could do better.