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Physical Education, First Semester

Time limit: 182 days
1 credit

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Course Overview

Physical Education, First Semester focuses on the  topics of general fitness principles, body composition, and important safety risks and factors. Students learn about the Fitness Principles of F.I.T.T., overload, progression, specificity, rest and recovery, and writing a personal goal to improve physical fitness using the SMART criteria. Health Related Fitness topics of cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition will be covered. Additionally it covers mental, emotional, and physical health, stress strategies of mental imagery and meditation, and relaxation techniques of deep breathing, yoga, and Pilates.

The course includes a required text, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. The book can be accessed via Perusall, an online application designed for student interaction and text annotation. There is a required charge of $9.99 (as of July 2022) for access to the book, payable by credit card, within the Perusall app.

This general education course is designed for high-school freshman or higher and fulfills half of the "Physical Education" requirement for all Indiana approved high school diploma-granting programs.

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Required Materials

The following textbook is required for this course:

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, John J. Ratey, MD with Eric Hagerman, from Little, Brown Spark. ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0316113519
(This book will be accessed online for an approximately $10 fee. No physical textbook needs to be purchased.)


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