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What Are The Purpose Of Physical Education?

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The purpose of Physical Education is to educate pupils and students about the importance of exercise and physique. In theory, it looks at:
  • Anatomy
  • Muscular structure of the body
  • The way joints, ligaments and tendons work in unison during movement.
In terms of physical activity, it is a way of promoting similar activities and ensuring that all pupils at some point during their weekly studies get the outdoor exercise they require to reduce stress levels and maintain fitness and their health.

The theory side of Physical Education ties in with Biology studies nicely. Biology will study things like blood flow and the oxidization process for blood and the processes of breathing, digestion and excretion. Physical Education can be used in tandem with biology to relate the content to students' own bodies, the limitations of their joints, the importance of breathing etc.

It will also explain physical development and how best to improve muscle density and the variations of physical activity that can achieve this improvement, as well as other principles to improve fitness, diet, and resistance to injury.

Physical activity also promotes teamwork. It builds confidence to act as an individual in a competitive environment, but in the case of sport it is promoted by the fun nature of the activities. In many cases the individual will display an affinity or talent for an activity that often they were unaware of, so the experience will be one that is greatly positive.

The physical exertion also improves fitness, which in turn benefits a student's health and wellbeing. Their immune system is stronger, so they miss less time from school due to illness. Exercise has the additional chemical release benefits to combat stress and depression.

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