BookPhysical educators play a critical role in shaping the health and fitness of America’s youth—and Physical Best, Fourth Edition, is the resource that will help them achieve success in that role.
Physical Best, developed by experts identified by SHAPE America, has long been the standard in the field for health-related fitness education, and this latest rendition is the best and most complete package yet:
- A comprehensive, three-in-one resource. The entire Physical Best program was previously spread over three books (Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness, Physical Best Activity Guide—Elementary Level, and Physical Best Activity Guide—Middle and High School Levels). It now is offered in one all-inclusive resource to reinforce the scope and sequence of the program so teachers can see what comes before and after the grade levels they teach.
- Updated material to address standards. All chapters and activities are updated to address SHAPE America’s National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education. Teachers can be confident they are measuring student progress effectively.
- New or revised chapters. Teachers will benefit from the new information on the latest research, technology, power training, professional development, best practices, and more.
- An attractive four-color layout. The text now features four-color illustrations.
- A web resource that includes K-12 activities. With previous editions, the activities were housed in two separate books, one for elementary teachers and one for middle and secondary teachers. Now, all activities are on the accompanying web resource, where teachers can sort the activities by standard, grade, outcome, and skill and then use them on a mobile device or download and print them. Most activities are supported by ready-to-use reproducible forms such as handouts, assessments, posters, and worksheets.
Physical Best meets needs on many levels. For veteran teachers, it outlines strategies for emphasizing health-related fitness in their existing programs. New teachers will benefit from the specific examples from master teachers and be able to use this guidance for creating an effective fitness education program. For teacher education programs, it provides an overview of current research, trends, and best practices in health-related fitness. And for district coordinators, it reinforces professional development training and continued education.
This latest edition of the official SHAPE America resource is organized into four parts:
- Part I offers an in-depth look at physical activity behavior and motivation and explores basic training principles. An expanded chapter on nutrition covers the foundations of a healthy diet and reflects the most up-to-date USDA guidelines.
- Part II examines health-related fitness concepts: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, power, flexibility, and body composition. The text supplies tips for addressing each fitness component within a program.
- Part III presents strategies for integrating health-related fitness education throughout the curriculum, employing best teaching practices, and being inclusive in the gym, on the field, and in the classroom.
- In part IV, readers study assessment and learn assessment strategies for effective teaching and health-related programming. They discover how to collect and use assessment results and how to assess fitness concept knowledge.
AudienceUndergraduate text for preservice physical educators. Resource for K-12 physical educators and program coordinators.
Table of ContentsChapter 1. Introduction to Physical Best
Suzan F. Ayers and Mary Jo Sariscsany
What Is the Physical Best Instructional Approach?
Health-Related Fitness Education
What Makes Physical Best Unique?
Physical Best Activities
Physical Best Certificate
Chapter 2. Creating Physical Activity Behaviors That Last a Lifetime
Hannah Brewer, Ethan Hull, and Randy Nichols
Physical Activity Trends
Physical Activity and Behavior Change
Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs (CSPAPs)
Chapter 3. Basic Training Principles
Sean Bulger and Brooke Towner
Understanding the Basic Training Principles
Applying the Basic Training Principles
Components of a Physical Activity Session
Social Support and Safety Guidelines
Chapter 4. Exploring Nutrition for Student Health
D. Gayle Povis
Healthy Students Do Better in School
Road Map to Healthy Eating
Carbohydrate, Protein, and Fat (Macronutrients)
Energy From Food Fuels Activity
Making Sense of Food Labels
Vitamins and Minerals (Micronutrients)
Water for Health and Performance
Beware of Added Sugar and Sodium
Creating a Culture of Health
Chapter 5. Cardiorespiratory Endurance
Jan Galen Bishop and Bette Jean Santos
Cardiorespiratory Endurance and Related Terms
Importance and Benefits of Cardiorespiratory Endurance
Physical Activity and Cardiorespiratory Endurance Guidelines
Teaching Cardiorespiratory Endurance
Principles of Exercise and Cardiorespiratory Endurance
Training Methods for Cardiorespiratory Endurance
Assessing Cardiorespiratory Endurance
Cardiorespiratory Endurance and the Curriculum
Chapter 6. Body Composition
Scott Going and Melanie Hingle
Teaching Guidelines for Body Composition
Strength Training and Body Composition Management
Methods of Measuring Body Composition
Helping Students Who Are Overfat or Underfat
Chapter 7. Flexibility
Elizabeth A. Burkhart and Philip Dlugolecki
Definitions of Flexibility Concepts
Types of Stretching
Benefits of Flexibility
Factors Affecting Flexibility
Teaching Guidelines for Flexibility
Yoga in Physical Education
Principles of Training
Addressing Motor Skills Through Flexibility Activities
Safety Guidelines for Flexibility Activities
Chapter 8. Muscular Strength and Endurance
Definitions of Muscular Strength and Endurance Concepts
Developmentally Appropriate Resistance Training
Benefits of Resistance Training
Teaching Guidelines for Muscular Strength and Endurance
Principles of Training
Training Methods for Muscular Strength and Endurance
Alternative Methods of Training
Addressing Motor Skills Through Muscular Strength and Endurance Activities
Safety Guidelines for Muscular Strength and Endurance Activities
Chapter 9. Integrating Health-Related Fitness Education Into the Curriculum
Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)
Developing Objectives and Outcomes
Developing a Curriculum to Promote Lifetime Health-Related Fitness
Teaching for Lifelong Fitness
Fitness Education Cycle
Fitness for Life
Chapter 10. Employing Best Practices for Teaching
Preparing the Environment
Keeping Students Involved
Enhancing Health-Related Fitness Education in the Classroom
The Concept of Homework
Extending Physical Activity Time
Chapter 11. Including Everyone
Keith Johannes, Brian Culp, and David Lorenzi
Benefits of Inclusion
Methods of Inclusion
Major Areas in Which to Ensure Inclusion
Chapter 12. Overview of Assessment and Assessing the Cognitive and Affective Domains
Importance of Assessment
Recommended Assessment Tools
Applying Assessment Tools
Using Assessments for Program Planning
Motivating Through Assessment
Making Assessment Practical
Chapter 13. Assessing Health-Related Fitness and Physical Activity
Lynn V. Johnson and Christina Sinclair
Guidelines for Assessing Health-Related Fitness
Tailoring Health-Related Fitness Assessment
Using Health-Related Fitness Results Appropriately
Guidelines for Assessing Physical Activity
Tools for Assessing Physical Activity
About the EditorJackie Conkle, DHEd, is a health education teacher and the wellness committee chair at Peters Township Middle School in McMurray, Pennsylvania. She also serves as the health and physical education facilitator for the K-8 staff. Jackie prides herself in providing many wellness activities during the school day for staff and students and instructing students in after-school physical activity programs. Jackie also provides CPR and first aid training to the school district’s staff as an instructor for the American Red Cross. She loves working with others to improve the health of all. Jackie earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in physical education teacher education from West Virginia University, and a doctoral degree in health education and administration from A.T. Still University. Jackie is a longtime member of both SHAPE America and the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. For six years, she was an instructor for the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, working to improve physical education nationwide. Helping young people develop a love of movement is among her highest professional goals. She lives in Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three young children. In her free time, Jackie likes to be active outdoors, especially riding her horses in barrel racing competitions.
Clayton Ellis, Aurora Public Schools (Colorado)
Joanna Faerber, Louisiana State University Laboratory School
Brian Mosier, University of West Georgia
Brent Heidorn, University of West Georgia
ExcerptsEnergy From Food Fuels Activity
Keeping Students Emotionally Safe
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)
The Concept of Homework
What Makes Physical Best Unique?
AncillariesAll ancillaries are free to course adopters and available at www.HumanKinetics.com/PhysicalBest.
Instructor Guide. Features include course outlines, syllabuses, activities, and other learning tools that will help new and experienced teachers deliver lessons that adhere to the Physical Best philosophy.
Test Package. Includes multiple-choice, true-or-false, fill-in-the-blank, and short-answer questions that make it easy to create quizzes and tests for students.
Presentation Package. Includes slides of key points and graphics from the book.
Also available for purchase • ISBN 978-1-4925-8998-3
Web Resource. Includes more than 100 activities that can be sorted by standard, grade, outcome, and skill. Teacher can use them on a mobile device or download and print them.
Also available for purchase separately • ISBN 978-1-4925-8678-4