Less emphasis on the body could be key for more PE
A new approach to physical education (PE) in schools could encourage greater participation and improve adolescents’ physical and emotional health, according to researchers.
Dr Fiona Brooks and Josefine Magnusson at the University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Research in Primary & Community Care (CRIPACC) explored the experiences of 31 self-identified, formerly ‘PE adverse’14-15 year old boys and girls who had made the transition from inactivity to active participation in PE.
The paper stated: “Consideration of the views of adolescents, who have made the transition away from inactivity, provided a means of exploring the contribution of school-based PE as a health promotion strategy for young people.”
The teenagers were students in a secondary school in an area of significant deprivation which had, in the previous 18 months, made alterations in the delivery of PE. The school had moved from a scenario of almost non-existent participation in PE across the year to a situation where only three to four students remained as non-participants.
The students were interviewed by the researchers to establish what measures had appealed to them most.
The researchers found that a programme which emphasised the importance of participation and the social aspects of sports rather than physical superiority and sporting excellent assisted students in making the transition from inactivity to activity.
Dr Brooks said: “The findings of this study concur with previous research that, a PE programme which is intensively involved in the surveillance of young peoples’ bodies and exclusively prioritises successful performance, creates a physically marginalised subgroup of non-participants.”
The research paper entitled Taking part counts: adolescents’ experiences of the transition from inactivity to active participation in school-based physical education was published in Health Education Research.
Helene Murphy | alfa
The most recent press releases about innovation >>>
Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:
A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.
Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...
In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.
“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...
The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is opening up a new research field. A workshop from November 21 - 22, 2016 will mark the start of activities for an innovative axion experiment. Axions are still only purely hypothetical particles. Their detection could solve two fundamental problems in particle physics: What dark matter consists of and why it has not yet been possible to directly observe a CP violation for the strong interaction.
The “MADMAX” project is the MPP’s commitment to axion research. Axions are so far only a theoretical prediction and are difficult to detect: on the one hand,...
Broadband rotational spectroscopy unravels structural reshaping of isolated molecules in the gas phase to accommodate water
In two recent publications in the Journal of Chemical Physics and in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, researchers around Melanie Schnell from the Max...
The efficiency of power electronic systems is not solely dependent on electrical efficiency but also on weight, for example, in mobile systems. When the weight of relevant components and devices in airplanes, for instance, is reduced, fuel savings can be achieved and correspondingly greenhouse gas emissions decreased. New materials and components based on gallium nitride (GaN) can help to reduce weight and increase the efficiency. With these new materials, power electronic switches can be operated at higher switching frequency, resulting in higher power density and lower material costs.
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE together with partners have investigated how these materials can be used to make power...