Viluan: Changes in PE and sports 

IN SPITE of the relatively slow paced physical education and sports innovation that we experience, overt changes have come about because someone has thought of a better way, a different way, or a new reason for engaging these changes.

The result, the emergence of new distinct ideas and philosophical positions that shape much of today’s physical education and sports programs, as a result from complex factors that interrelate to produce new ways of programming for physical education and sport that we knew today.

Traditionally, the emphasis on PE and sports has been on the games, sport skills, and activities that make up the program or training, value or worth has been given to scoring more points, jumping higher or approximating an established pattern of development. Program organizations were structured on the basis of types of games, the sequence of skills attainment, and finite levels of accomplishment.

However, the unfortunate result is that many people encounter essentially the same experiences that their parents have experienced in the past; it is no wonder that many despite these changes have limited perspective of physical education and sports.

While many physical education and sports programs look the same as they did in the past, others have incorporated revolutionary alterations that represent philosophical changes consistent with today’s PE and sports programs.

One of the major changes has been the way in which movement has been viewed with respect to physical education and sports. A radical view of movement has grown; its impact as it relates to physical education and sports has been profound.

Focusing on movement beyond the context of its usefulness in scoring points or winning matches in a martial arts arena is now viewed as a means through which learning occurs. By engaging in movement people are able to explore their environment and their own physical, emotional, and intellectual potentials, as such, movement is looked upon as a tool through which a multitude of objectives can be accomplished.

Movements, incorporated with a variety of techniques allow people to examine their movement potentials through the development of basic skills that can be generalized to many sport and game situations; movement as we always know starts the action, thus movement becomes both a means to an end, and an end to itself, because movement is where we gain valuable insights on how to manipulate our body from a temporal to a spatial perspectives.


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