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"International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health"

2019, Vol. 6, Issue 4, Part C

Differences between student outcomes in high school physical education: Fitness education curriculum vs. sport-based curriculum


Author(s): Rick C Ferkel, David F Stodden and Kevin M Fisher

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to compare the effect of two physical education curricula; fitness education curriculum (FEC) vs. sport-based curriculum (SBC), on Midwest U.S. high school student’s (n = 294): (a) PA behavior; (b) Autonomy; (c) Perceived competence; and (d) Health-related fitness knowledge. Students participating in the FEC demonstrated significantly greater improvement than the SBC in five of seven measures; perceived health rating (p = .021, η² = .018), muscle-strengthening exercise habits (p = .004, η² = .028), exercise autonomy (p = .042, η² = .016), self-determination (p = .040, η² = .017), and health-related fitness knowledge (p = .005, η² = .042). This research provides preliminary support for a change from the traditional sport-based curriculum to a fitness education curriculum to provide students with appropriate physical education programs to induce behavioral change for lifetime fitness and health.

Pages: 174-179  |  367 Views  17 Downloads

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How to cite this article:
Rick C Ferkel, David F Stodden, Kevin M Fisher. Differences between student outcomes in high school physical education: Fitness education curriculum vs. sport-based curriculum. Int J Phys Educ Sports Health 2019;6(4):174-179.
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