Links to the School Curriculum
Along with encouraging students to have lifelong physical activity and long-term health and safety benefits, other benefits of taking part in our physical training programs:
Creates a more positive school climate – students are less aggressive and experience fewer discipline problems (CAHPERD). They develop more positive attitudes and can develop an appreciation of the benefits of physical activity overall.
Is associated with increased educational aspirations (Kerr, 1996)
Is positively correlated with improvements in subjects such as mathematics.
- Students learn to listen and interact with others
- Students practice communication and problem-solving skills to maintain healthy relationships
- Students develop spatial awareness through movement, games, directions
Leads to students being more productive, more motivated, better organised and more effective in learning and performing tasks (Kidd, 1999)
Improves self esteem and self concept in students and contributes to a reduction in depressive symptoms, stress and anxiety. (McKay et al, 1996)
Reduces the likelihood of students being involved in anti-social behaviours. Physical participation is associated with fewer incidences of smoking, drug use, unwanted pregnancy, delinquent behaviour and dropping out of school. (Kerr 1996)
Decreases the amount of vandalism, mischief, petty crime and other negative behaviours in the community (Norrie and Mustard, 1999)
Enhances social and moral development (Shields and Bredemeier, 1994) and (Sage, 1986).
Encourages students to have lifelong physical activity and long-term health and safety benefits.
Enhances students ability to problem solve and use decision-making strategies to make informed decisions and evaluate their own actions and the actions of others.
Provides students with life skills such as:
- personal safety strategies (verbal and physical). Students learn skills to identify potentially hazardous situations and and respond effectively in unsafe and emergency situations.
- social skills such as relating to other people
- personal development skills such as growing and developing as an individual
Provides future perspectives to:
- be physically active on a daily basis
- consider the effects of technology on inactivity in our society and the health issues created by inactivity
- take responsibility for their physical and mental wellbeing and to develop methods of encouraging others to do likewise