Fun Stuff for Physical Education #66
January 29, 2009

Fun Stuff for Physical Education #66
January 29, 2009

Dick Moss, Editor, Physical Education

1. Editor's Note

We hit a high-water mark for the Fun Stuff Newsletter last week. on Friday, we passed the 1,000 subscriber mark (thanks Martin - you're the 1000th). The really fun thing about our subscribers is that you come from all over the world. In fact, as of today, we have subscribers from 27 different countries. Here's a list:

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United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, India, Ireland, Malta, Philippines, Spain, South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia Puerto Rico, Malaysia, Iran, Indonesia, Trinidad and Tobago,Italy, Greece, Iceland, Germany, Thailand, France, Sweden, Singapore, Hong Kong and Portugal.

It's gratifying to know that we're reaching physical educators from around the globe. Thanks for reading the Fun Stuff Newsletter. We hope to continue growing, and we hope you'll keep reading us!

And what have we added to the PE Update website since the last issue of Fun Stuff? There's a fun variation of ring toss for winter recess and PE classes; a way to spray court lines on snowy surfaces; an excellent health class project involving the calculation of the costs of inactivity in your hometown; a way to calculate the amount of weight you lift when performing pushups; coaching cues for the breathing phase of the breaststroke; and finally, some invaluable, reproducible split charts for track practices and races.

Most of the above articles are for PE Update members-only. But this newsletter also contains free content. There's a link to a video of the greatest motivational locker-room speech in movie history, courtesy of Al Pacino; our blog, in which I discuss the economic costs of inactivity and a health class project for calculating those costs; and a nutrition article comparing the benefit of eating raisins versus ingesting sport gels.

While this newsletter is free, most of the content on PE is for members-only, including instructional videos, the discussion group, over 2000 articles that you can read, print and email... and much more.

If you're not already a member of the PE website, then join up today!! You can get more information watch our video tour at: PE Update Video Tour

I hope you enjoy this issue!

Dick Moss, Editor


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2. From the Web

It's almost Super Bowl time, so I thought I'd provide a link to the greatest motivational sports-movie speech of all time. My women's cross-country running team used to splice this speech into their pump-up audio tape, and it would invariably have them ready to smack their helmets into a locker by the end (I had to remind them that XC runners don't wear helmets).

To me, it's Al Pacino's finest work and, although I've seen this movie a dozen times, this speech never fails to move me. I especially like the part where Pacino's words finally reach his "me-first" quarterback (played by Jamie Foxx) - you can see Foxx walking forward towards Pacino as Pacino's team-first message suddenly sinks in.

I've also included another interpretation of the speech, produced by Sky Sports for the Heineken Rugby Cup
(I don't know the name of the actor). Nice rendition, but not nearly as good as Pacino's.

Beware - if you don't like profanity, don't watch these videos.

Any Given Sunday Speech by Al Pacino

Rugby Version


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3. New Additions to the Website

Here are the Articles that have been added to the website over the past two weeks.
These articles are available to members of PE

  • Equipment: How to Make Boundary Lines on a Snow-Packed Schoolyard
    How to spray boundary lines onto snow-packed schoolyards for playdays and physical education classes.

  • Games: Snowman Toss
    A fun activity for winter physical education classes festivals, playdays or recess periods.

  • Health Class: Inactivity Calculator
    A website that allows students in health class to calculate the costs of inactivity in your community.

  • Strength: How Much are Students Lifting When They Perform Push-ups?
    How to determine the amount of weight your physical education students are lifting when they perform push-ups.

  • Swimming: Breaststroke - Coaching Cues to Keep the Head from Lifting Too High
    Two coaching cues that will keep beginning breaststrokers more efficient as they lift their head to breath.

  • Track/XC: Reproducible Pace Charts/Split Charts for Running Workouts & Races
    Split charts for workouts and pace charts for races that you can use with your runners.

The PE website has 451 other articles on these topics! Become a member and you can read them all today! Click Here!


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4. From the PE Update Blog

Monday Morning Musings on the World of Sports, Coaching & Physical Education from Editor, Dick Moss.

Your editor discusses the incredible costs associated with inactivity and how investment into physical education and sports facilities yields health care savings that are three times the amount of the investment.

There's also a link to a website that provides you with a super project for your health classes. It involves the calculation of the costs of physical inactivity in your hometown. (See the "Health Class: Inactivity Calculator" article listed in "New Additions").



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5. From the Archives

In every issue, I'll highlight a useful article from the PE Update Archives. The article will be available to non-members of the website for a week, and to members forever! This issue's article is:

Nutrition: Raisins Versus Sports Gels

Should your students be using expensive sports gels, or are they better off just eating raisins?

The PE website has 56 other articles on nutrition ready for you to read! Become a member and get access to them today! Click Here!


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