BookWe all know the dilemma: Kids are tuning in to TVs and video games and tuning out physical activity. As a result, kids are more overweight than ever. More than half of the adult population in the United States are overweight, and almost a third are clinically obese.
An obvious answer is to become and stay fit through regular physical activity. The authors of Fit & Active: The West Point Physical Development Program know this, and in response they developed a program at West Point—the academy that’s been educating U.S. military and political leaders for over 200 years. Now you can use the West Point fitness program to meet the needs of your students.
Fit & Active: The West Point Physical Development Program is a practical, ready-to-use resource that will help you inspire the kids under your charge to be more physically active. It includes the following features:
- The system that has worked for the authors in their West Point program, along with detailed strategies for modifying their approach for various ages and environments
- Activities and ideas that have been reviewed by high school physical education teachers to ensure the suggestions are appropriate for high school students
- New ideas and information that will help you improve your program
- Assessment strategies to help you meet state and national physical education standards
At West Point, fitness is seen as a solid foundation for emotional and intellectual well-being and as a way to help prepare students for a lifetime of health, physical activity, and success—in the classroom and beyond.
With that in mind, the authors focus on how to develop and assess your program in part I, and in part II they provide core activity courses (including basic movement, swimming, boxing, self-defense, and obstacle courses) that develop motor skills. In part III they delve into wellness and personal fitness strategies, workout designs, assessments, and related issues, and in part IV they outline courses for lifetime activities such as tennis, golf, ice skating, and rock climbing.
As a result, you get a comprehensive resource that is easy to use, well illustrated, adapted for high school, and appropriate for a variety of groups—and one that will also help you meet state and national standards. Along the way your students will learn leadership skills through sports and become motivated to make physical activity and fitness an integral part of their lives long after they leave school.
Reference for high school physical education teachers and administrators. Text for university-level activity course instructors. Text and reference for military schools (K-12 and college).
Table of ContentsPreface
Part I Program Development and Assessment
Chapter 1 Introduction to the Physical Development Program
Maureen K. LeBoeuf and Lawrence F. Butler
Chapter 2 Sport Education
Joseph Doty, Bart Woodworth, Jon Alt, Joseph LeBoeuf
Chapter 3 Program Assessment
Part II Core Activity Courses
Chapter 4 Basic Movement
Chapter 5 Swimming
John McVan and Raymond Bosse
Chapter 6 Self-Defense
Ray Wood and Bridget Wilson
Chapter 7 Fitness Boxing
Chapter 8 Obstacle Courses
Part III Wellness and Personal Fitness Courses
Chapter 9 Focus on Fitness
William Brechue, Mike Buckley, Ray Barone, Todd Crowder, Sandor Helfgott, and Jon Liba
Chapter 10 Wellness
Ralph Pim and Whitfield East
Chapter 11 Personal Fitness
Matthew Beekley and Jason Lehmbeck
Part IV Lifetime Activity Courses
Chapter 12 Tennis
Karen Peck and Sandor Helfgott
Chapter 13 Golf
Chapter 14 Ice Skating
Susan Tendy and Ivan Evans
Chapter 15 Rock Climbing
Chapter 16 Soccer
Chapter 17 Volleyball
Chapter 18 Group Fitness
Chapter 19 Cross-Country Skiing
About West Point
About the Editors
About the Contributors