Developing Lifelong Sports Skills

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  • 0:04 Lifelong Sports Skills
  • 0:47 Using Movement
  • 1:34 Organizing Activities
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Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

You want to encourage students to develop sports skills that will last them a lifetime. What are the principles, techniques and organizational strategies that will help you do that? This lesson fills you in and gives you some ideas to promote lifelong sports skills.

Lifelong Sports Skills

Excellent teachers know that in order to create good readers, they need to make sure their students love reading. Facilitating a love and passion for sports and fitness is the same - teachers first need to foster habits that lead to good feelings about fitness. How does this work?

David is a physical education teacher in his first year. What he does now in his classes will impact the health and well-being of his students for many years. He needs to create opportunities to teach students to set and achieve goals in health, and playing sports is a great way to start. The activities his students participate in set the foundation for lifelong sports skills in strength, endurance, flexibility, and coordination they will use for the rest of their lives.

Using Movement

Participation in sports requires the ability to understand the principles of movement; in other words, students need to know how to move their bodies. How does David foster movement in class? The best way is to get students moving in a variety of ways. David will set up opportunities for practicing basic movements that lead to strength, endurance, flexibility, and coordination. He can use the school's equipment, like the training room, or more specific equipment when venturing into sports like volleyball or field hockey.

When teaching these basic movements, David will focus on whether or not students are able to apply the basic principles, understand concepts of coordination, set goals, and improve on their level of fitness. In this way, he will lead students towards an overall understanding of the role sports play in their lives.

Organizing Activities

Now that David has a primary focus, he needs to begin working on how to organize his time with students. What specific activities can he use to promote lifelong sports skills? No matter what sport his students decide to play, David knows he needs to focus his students' movements on the following areas:

  • Strength

All sports activity requires some amount of strength. Although he has access to the weight room, David knows that a child's body offers enough resistance weight to build strong muscles. David can organize his strength training with students by starting and ending each class with basic movements that lead to muscle growth, such as sit-ups, push-ups, and squats. He makes a special note so he remembers to spend time at the beginning of the school year teaching proper guidelines so students stay safe.

  • Endurance

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