Scholastic.com has reported physical education programs are shifting from a team and competitive sport focus to a more life long, self-referenced perspective. Is this change a good thing?
Superficially, the change may seem beneficial. Physical education has recovered from a period of de-emphasis. The Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA (2012) has found the number of states mandating P.E. has increased across the elementary, middle, and high school levels. During the period from 2006 to 2012, the largest increase appeared at the elementary school level as 43 states currently require P.E. (up from 36 in 2006). Continue reading
A managing partner of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Active Schools initiative, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) today announced that its membership has approved changing the association’s name to the Society of Health and Physical Educators, doing business as SHAPE America. Continue reading
Teens need to get a move on it: Only one in four adolescents ages 12-15 are physically active for at least 60 minutes daily, new statistics show.
The government’s physical-activity guidelines recommend that children and adolescents do an hour or more of moderate-intensity to vigorous aerobic physical activity every day. “We can aim to do better than 25%,” says the study’s lead author, Tala Fakhouri, an epidemiologist with the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading
Repeated blows to the head during a season of contact sports may cause changes in the brain’s white matter and affect cognitive abilities even if none of the impacts resulted in a concussion, according to a study published in the journal Neurology.
In an article that will bring mixed emotions to parents and disbelief from children, the American Heart Association (AHA) recently reported children today are not as fit or fast as previous generations.
Fitness levels of children have declined approximately 6% each decade since 1970. This may not be surprising to many, as the current lifestyle of children is much more information based than previous generations.
A new Scientific Statement issued recently by The Endocrine Society represents a comprehensive evaluation of available information on the prevalence and medical consequences of the use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).
The statement highlights the clinical pharmacology, adverse effects and detection of many substances often classified as PEDs, identifies gaps in knowledge and aims to focus the attention of the medical community and policymakers on PED use as an important public health problem.