Physical Education Requirements

The physical education class is a very important part of every child’s education; there is a controversy related to the subject, as many believe sports and physical activity are not something the school is responsible with or should teach. One the other hand, it should be considered that not all parents take this responsibility themselves, nor are they good examples of physical fitness for their children. While anyone’s personal preferences and lifestyle should not be judged, this simple fact should be enough to convince us that sports have been taught in schools for many years, and that for many students this meant an opportunity to discover new talents, to gain confidence and to learn how to lead healthy, active lives. Nevertheless, there is one more factor which could prevent a child from taking P.E. classes, and that is failing the physical education requirements.

Those with illnesses or disorders, or other afflictions, may be prevented from joining P.E. classes. In what follows we are going to take a look and see what these physical education requirements are; we have tried to generalize certain aspects so as to encompass global standards, but the truth is each country may have its own unique requirements. Nevertheless, you can still get an idea of what could prevent you or your children from taking physical education classes. The National Association for Sports and Physical Education states that this class’ purposes are to help physically-able people to lead a healthy and active life, and to gain the confidence and even skills to do so. They call this “physical literacy”, meaning a person is well versed in the subject.

That being said, one of the first physical education requirements is that a person has acquired the skills to participate in physical activity of various kinds; this can either refer to a person’s age, meaning that the child has to be old enough to walk and run well, to talk well and have good balance. Where older people are concerned, the requirement may refer to a physical health that doesn’t prevent them from performing various physical activities. Injuries or other physical damage will probably prevent this. The next requirement refers more to the intelligence and cognitive capacity of a person, and it implies that he/she should know what the consequences of physical activity are, and by this we mean both benefits and possible risks.

One of the less important physical education requirements asks that a person regularly participates in physical activity, but in reality anyone can start exercising, anytime, even if they haven’t done it for years. Of course it should be done with the approval of a medic and by taking it slowly, progressively with the effort, but sloth is not a valid reason for never exercising anymore. The following requirement, which states that a person must be physically fit to participate in physical education classes, but we go back to our argument and say that it is never too late to start exercising again, unless your personal physician forbids it for various health reasons.

The fifth requirement NASPE imposes is that a person needs to understand the importance of physical activity and to value its benefits. Although this standard is more on a mental and philosophical level, it is still important, and it is one of the main things which we must know if we want to lead dynamic lifestyles. As you can see, these are the requirements generally imposed, even though they may differ from country to country.