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Great Leaps Forward

Great Leaps Forward

At the start of this chapter, we asked an important question: How did we humans come to be the way we are today? This question is important not only because we all have a personal stake in the answer but also because it would have us seek answers to a fascinating mystery - one that might well be solved, at least in part, by better understanding physical activity, play, and other topics related to our own professional interests. read more
The Emergence of Advanced Forms of Communication

The Emergence of Advanced Forms of Communication

As noted earlier, one of the most important developments during the Neolithic Revolution was the development of more sophisticated forms of communication, particularly the earliest forms of written language, which developed about 5,000 years ago in the form of Sumerian cuneiform scripts and Egyptian hieroglyphics. read more
The Persistence of Local Cultures

The Persistence of Local Cultures

For all the talk of globalization in our present historical moment, much of human experience remains rooted in the particular dimensions of local habits. Consider, for instance, the unique sportsworld that appears in many parts of the United States on Friday evenings during autumn. read more
René Descartes

René Descartes

"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things," urged René Descartes (1596 - 1650), one of the greatest minds of the Renaissance. read more
Understand the foundation of Suspension Training

Understand the foundation of Suspension Training

It is generally well accepted that performing resistance training on a regular basis can help maintain and improve health, fitness, and quality of life. However, people often encounter obstacles to resistance training, such as time, space, equipment, and cost. read more
Tackling

Tackling

The importance of keeping your head out of tackling has been proven. AYF’s standard of shoulder tackling accomplishes a "Head Out" policy. If you want to have a good defensive team, you must teach your defensive players how to tackle. read more
Five techniques that are the key to successful orienteering

Five techniques that are the key to successful orienteering

There is no doubt that good route selection and proper execution of the five techniques along your route are keys to success in orienteering. read more
Employing Effective Teaching Tactics

Employing Effective Teaching Tactics

Although effective class management (chapter 12) is essential, and you should cultivate a range of teaching styles, you need more than just varied teaching styles to ensure that learning takes place. Effective teaching for learning in physical education requires you to use a particular set of skills and teaching behaviors after you have your learning environment organized. read more
Discovering Dance as Entertainment

Discovering Dance as Entertainment

As you read the introduction to this chapter, you may have recognized some of the forms of dance as entertainment that you knew or have even taken part in. Some of these forms are live performances, and others are performed for recorded media, yet others focus on commercial dance. read more
Basic testing exercises for gauging fitness progress

Basic testing exercises for gauging fitness progress

This section presents basic testing exercises for gauging fitness progress. Although any of the exercises in this book can be used as a test, these provide a good general assessment of current fitness level. read more
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