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Chapter 1 & 2-NOTESrev6-09 - The Dilemma of Our...

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The Dilemma of Our Times: Lifespan Physical Activity & the Obesity Health Crisis Chapter 1 Class Notes
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“Lifespan Physical Activity” Not limited by age or gender!
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We have not yet achieved “Lifespan Physical Activity”! The very young & very old were not included People now more likely to view involvement in PA as fundamental to living well (regardless of age/gender)
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The dilemma of our times Early Years Early Years Youth Youth Young Adults Young Adults Older Adults Older Adults Lifespan Physical Activity Lifespan Physical Activity What might it look like . . . ?
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THE EARLY YEARS Physical movement is the basic language of early-childhood (birth – 7 yrs.) Most movement experiences informal with no specific purpose Typically the responsibility of parents (with no training in motor development or early childhood PE) Early Childhood Physical-Activity Programs Focus on development of motor skills
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Providers of Fitness Activities for Children Fee for service Being developed in “family oriented” fitness centers Baby Power/Forever Kids – provides parent/ child play programs Dancercise Kids – dance instruction at daycare centers Fun Bus – mobile children’s fitness program JumpBunch – preschool sport & fitness program
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Activities focus on developing skills in bodily control such as:
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Children’s Sport Sport opportunities for children grown Number of children participating has grown Infant swimming programs Swimming & gymnastics have age-group programs (some highly specialized) Not unusual to see 5-year-olds in soccer or gymnastics Boom in age group soccer programs
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Message: Fitness habits originate in childhood Most evidence indicates that children who have enriched motor experiences as infants tend to be more fit and more likely to participate in sport throughout their lives! Debate about the type of early-childhood motor-activity programs Should they just be fun and not competitive? Should they aim to develop specific skills?
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Elementary Physical Education Not all elementary-school kids attend PE Nearly ½ who do are taught by their classroom teacher (not a trained PE teacher) In many schools, PE hardly more than a recess recreation period BUT….some schools do a good job with programs Development of FITNESS-GRAM to communicate fitness-test results to parents on regular basis Programs deal with fitness, adventure skills, cooperative games, and sports
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YOUTH- The Transition Years High School Sports Programs differ because of:
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High School – Example 9-12 suburban high school; 1650 students Year-round weight-training facility Full-time athletic trainer Every sport has parents’ or booster club which brings extra $$ for program Can hire non-certified (in teaching) people to coach if they cannot fill coaching needs
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Out-of-School Sport
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