- Keep children healthy
- Teach them to keep their bodies in good condition.
Discipline is present in physical education as certain rules need to be followed by those partaking in certain areas of the subject. All sports have some rules and this discipline can be beneficial as it is embedded into children from a young age.
All schools operate a program of physical education and in most schools it is a compulsory subject. Only people with medical conditions are exempt from the subject, although in some schools people can also be excused on religious grounds.
Demands of physical education do vary depending on the school, and some schools insist that all pupils take part in not only the lessons, but also join school sports teams. This gets students used to working as part of a team and also enables the school to build some pride. Pride in schools is apparent in pupils who are competing for the school, whether it is as part of a team, or as individuals.
The functions of physical education ensure that children grow up being aware of the importance of exercise, in relation to their bodies and their health, and it also enables them to be versatile early in life, which will assist them greatly in adult life.