Physical Education Organizations & Resources

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In this lesson, we will discuss professional organizations and resources that support physical education, including associations that specialize in physical education, sports medicine, and general education.

Why Join a Professional Organization?

Chris Morley, a journalist in the early part of the 20th century said, ''There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning, and yearning.'' As you graduate from college, your learning experiences are just beginning. One of the ways that you can continue to learn and stay current on research-based practices is by joining a professional organization. Professional organizations are non-profit associations that set the standards and advocate for the people belonging to a profession. There are many benefits of belonging to a professional organization, including providing their members with networking opportunities, conferences, workshops, and professional literature. Let's examine some professional organizations that provide resources to physical education teachers.

Physical Education Organizations

Several national and international organizations are specifically focused on physical education. The following is a list of some of these organizations and the benefits they provide.

  • The National PE Institute is an organization devoted to enhancing and supporting the pedagogical skills of physical education teachers and teacher leaders. They offer an annual workshop, access to games, a subscription to Great Activities magazine, and an on-line store with materials of interest to physical education teachers.
  • The President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition is a division of the Health and Human Services department of the federal government that is designed to promote the benefits of exercise and nutrition. They offer research-based information about health and fitness, as well as access to programs, like the Presidential Youth Fitness program, which offers fitness assessments and professional development to physical education teachers.
  • SHAPE America was formerly known as AAHPERD. SHAPE America is the largest national organization for physical education. They have webinars, journals, and events dedicated to improving physical education instruction. This is a great place to find standards-based lessons for K-12 students.

Sports Medicine Organizations

Sports medicine organizations provide information about safe practices related to physical fitness. These are some sports medicine organizations that may be of interest to physical education teachers:

  • The American College of Sports Medicine provides several publications, conferences, and continuing education courses. There are regional chapters that encourage members to get involved.
  • The American Council on Exercise offers online courses, webinars, workshops, and certification programs.

Education Organizations

In addition to groups that are specific to the physical education content area, belonging to education organizations can provide you information about educational trends and methods of working with a variety of students. You might consider belonging to some of the following organizations:

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