Fun Stuff for Physical Education #74
May 21, 2009

Fun Stuff for Physical Education #74
May 21, 2009

Dick Moss, Editor, Physical Education

1. Editor's Note

Welcome to the latest issue of Fun Stuff for PE!

Our free content in this edition includes a link to a CBS news piece about the sorry state of health and fitness in Los Angeles schools and the improvement in academic achievement that occurred when a fitness program was re-instituted; our blog discusses (and provides video showing) an act of true sportsmanship at a college softball championship; and the free article from our archives shows the latest research on the best way to ice an injury. And don't forget the many free articles in our "Sample Articles" section. New additions are made on a regular basis: Sample Articles

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May 21, 2009
And for PE Update members, here's what we've added to the website since the last issue: how to use dental floss to repair athletic shoes; what to avoid when praising students; a water polo game using kickboards; a way to use in-practice plyometrics to improve sprint times; and how walking backwards can heal arch pain in your feet.

While the Fun Stuff 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!! To 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

Need some ammunition in the fight over the necessity for physical education in every school's curriculum? Watch this CBS news piece about the MarathonKids program, and the improvement in academic performance that's taken place at Allesandro Elementary School in Los Angeles (you'll have to sit through a Saturn commercial first...sorry). Conclusion? Cutting physical education to make room for more academic subjects doesn't work. Exercise improves learning. Period.

Bringing Fitness Back to Class


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3. New Additions to the Website

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

  • Equipment: Use Dental Floss to Repair Athletic Shoes
    Dental floss is more effective than household thread for re-stitching athletic shoes

  • Sport Psychology/Coaching: Improve the Quality of Your Congratulations
    Make your praise more effective by providing specific rather than general feedback. Useful for both coaches and physical education teachers.

  • Swimming: Games - Kickboard Water Polo
    A waterpolo variation for physical education class or varsity practice, in which players move, pass and shoot while swimming on a kickboard.

  • Track: Plyometrics Before Every Repetition Improves Sprint Speed
    Plyometrics performed immediately before workout sprints will activate the neuromuscular system and improve performance. Useful for track practice and physical education track units.

  • Training Room Tips: Plantar Fasciitis - Backward Walking as an Alternate Treatment
    Backward walking is a viable treatment for stubborn cases of plantar fasciitis.

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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.

The editor discusses a game in which collegiate softball players exhibit an incredible act of sportsmanship. A video link is included.



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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:


What's the most effective way to ice an injury? This study shows that "10 minutes on -10 minutes off -10 minutes on" is most effective. I've used it with my own athletes and it does seem to work better

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