Fun Stuff for Physical Education #78 
July 30, 2009

Fun Stuff for Physical Education #78
July 30, 2009

Dick Moss, Editor, Physical Education

1. Editor's Note

Welcome to the mid-summer issue of Fun Stuff for PE!

Although it seems like I've spent the past month in a vehicle, travelling around Ontario to track meets, we've still been able to upload a number of useful articles to the PE website. You can see them below in the "New Additions" section.

Fun Stuff for Physical Education #78 
July 30, 2009

How about free content in this newsletter? There are some funny gymnastics comedy routines in our "From the Web" section; more humour in our blog, with a poem by Dr. Jim Riley describing the thought process of students who don't like to sweat in PE class; and our free article from the archives on a simple way for basketball players to practice their dribbling strength and skills this summer.

I hope you enjoy this issue!

Dick Moss, Editor


Fun Stuff for Physical Education #78 
July 30, 2009
2. From the Web


Gymnastics is serious business. Or is it? Check out these two gymnastics comedy routines by Paul Hunt. One routine involves the floor exercises and the other the beam
(I particularly liked the upside-down splits) By the way, don't try this at home, folks!

Gymnastics Comedy Routine - Floor Ex

Gymnastics Comedy Routine - Beam


Fun Stuff for Physical Education #78 
July 30, 2009
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/Badminton: Make Portable Badminton Posts
    How to make portable badminton posts you can use in your schoolyard or in physical education classes.

  • Fitness: Pedometer Assignment Increases Activity Levels
    A physical education assignment using pedometers that will increase your students' activity levels by up to 22%!

  • Games: In-Class Fitness Activity: Non-Elimination Musical Chairs
    A Musical Chairs variation that's suitable for use in a classroom space and with large numbers of students.

  • Golf: Finishing Pose Can Help Diagnose Swing Problems
    Watching your golfers' finishing position can give you clues to whether their swing path is too flat or too upright.

  • Issues/Essays/Humour: Poetry - I Hate to Sweat
    A poem that describes some students' aversion to sweating during physical education classes.

  • Outdoor Education: Sense of Direction Test
    A test that demonstrates the fact that humans do not have an innate sense of direction.

  • Soccer: Throw-In Lead-Up Game
    A dodgeball variation that develops students' ability to use correct overhead throw-in technique for soccer.

  • Sport Psychology: How to Find the Optimal Level of Arousal for Peak Performance
    How to find out how much an athlete should "psych up" for competitions.

  • Track: How to Predict Your Relay Teams' Potential
    How to estimate the potential times of your 4 x 400m and 4 x 100m relay teams, based on their best times from a stationary start.

  • Track: Relaxation Sprints
    A drill that teaches runners how it feels to sprint in a fast- but-relaxed manner.

The PE website has 599 other articles on these nine topics! Become a member and you can read them all today! Click Here!


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July 30, 2009
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Fun Stuff for Physical Education #78 
July 30, 2009
4. From the PE Update Blog

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

"I Hate to Sweat"…A Physical Education Poem
A humourous poem by Dr. Jim Riley that describes the thought process of students who don't like to sweat during physical education classes.



Fun Stuff for Physical Education #78 
July 30, 2009
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:


Here's a simple solo drill your basketball players can perform over the summer holidays. All they need is a basketball and a patch of grass.

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