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What is Physical Education? Related Major Skills
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What is Physical Education?

In most educational systems, physical education (PE), also called physical training (PT) or gym in less progressive settings, is a course in the curriculum which utilizes learning in the cognitive, affective and psycho motor domains in a play or movement exploration setting. In the United States, it is almost always mandatory for students in elementary schools, and often for students in middle schools and high schools.

The primary aim of physical education is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, capacities, and values along with the enthusiasm to maintain a healthy lifestyle into adulthood. Some schools also require physical education as a way to promote weight loss in students. Activities included in the program are designed to promote physical fitness, to develop motor skills, to instill knowledge and understanding of rules, concepts, and strategies, and to teach students to work as part of a team, or as individuals, in a wide variety of competitive activities.

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Related Career Titles

Some positions are entry level, while others require advanced degrees and experience.

Activities Director Cruise Recreation Director Personal Trainer
Adventurer/Risk Trainer Dance-/Aerobics Instructor Prison Recreation Specialist
Aquatic Management Emergency Medical Tech. Recreation Specialist
Athletic Coach Exercise Physiology Rehabilitation Specialist
Athletic Trainer Health/Fitness Consultant Sporting Goods Sales
Cardiac Rehabilitation SPA/Health Club Manager Social Director
Cardiovascular Fitness Instructor PE/Sport/Research Instructor Strength-Conditioning Coach
Community Recreation Occupational Exercise Swimming Pool Manager
Corporate Fitness Instructor Park Manager Teacher; Physical Education
Country Club manger Occupational Therapy Asst. Physical Therapist
Camp Director Sports Medicine Physical Therapist Assistant
Dietitian Sports Medicine Sports-Fitness Nutritionist
Sports Agent Sports Psychologist Professional Sports Scout
Athletic Director Nutrition Specialist Professional Sports Umpire
Commercial Recreation

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Related Major Skills

Interest in Coaching Interest in Teaching
Motor Skills Knowledge of Proper Nutrition
Motivational Skills Planning Skills
Discussion Skills (ie, human sexuality) Patience
Oral & Visual Communication Skills Athletically inclined
Demonstration Skills (physical activities) Interest in Physical Activities
Interest in Health Issues Interest & Knowledge in the mechanics and general health of human body

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Sports and Exercise Psychology - Professional Organizations

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Miscellaneous Resources


PE Central - Physical education for elementary, middle, high school, teachers, students and parents

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