Exercise, Sport and Health Education 301

ESHE 301: Theory and Practice of Fitness/Wellness

Prerequisites: HLTH 200 and ESHE 294

Credit Hours: (2) One hour lecture; two hours laboratory

Provides students with a comprehensive study of principles and methods of teaching basic skills as applied to aerobic conditioning, anaerobic conditioning activities, and lifetime wellness activities. Students will become familiar with methods used for the assessment of the components of fitness. Contains both physical activity and simulated/clinical practice-teaching requirements.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Provides students with the knowledge, skills and teaching methods needed to instruct a variety of fitness and lifetime wellness activities. Activities may include machine and free weight resistance training, aerobic activities (step aerobics, low impact aerobics, aerobic kick boxing, walking, running, water conditioning, bicycling) and other appropriate fitness activities. Students will also be introduced to a variety of methods than can be used to evaluate each component of fitness.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Various instructional methodologies will be used for the course: lectures, practice teaching, review of recorded media, demonstration and participation, and projects.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

•    Goals, objectives and assignments in this class address Virginia Department of Education Health and Physical Education (VDOE HPE) Licensure Standards, specifically:
    ° VDOE HPE Standard 3. a and b: Understanding of the basic scientific principles undergirding human movement as they apply to :a. Health-related fitness (flexibility, muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, and body composition; b. Skill related fitness (coordination, agility, power, balance, speed and reaction).
    ° VDOE HPE Standard 6. a and c: a. Understanding of the knowledge, skills, and processes for teaching physical education, including: a. Sequential pre K-12 instruction in a variety of movement forms that include: Rhythms and dance and individual activities. c. Activities designed to help students understand, develop, and value personal fitness.
The codes below refer to the above referenced VDOE HPE Standards for beginning physical education teachers.
As a result of successfully completing this course, each participant will be able to:
●  Identify the components and principles of fitness (VDOE 3.a, 6.c).
●  List and explain the various parts of both an aerobic and anaerobic workout (VDOE 3.a).
●  Perform and explain the use of standard fitness tests (VDOE 3.a).
●  Identify and instruct correct weight lifting techniques. (VDOE 3.a)
●  Correct weight training errors: form, alignment, progression (VDOE 3.a, 6.a).
●  Discuss and explain a variety of weight training programs: pyramid, super-sets (VDOE 3.a).
●  Identify and explain the differences between fixed resistance and progressive resistance training and the mechanisms used (VDOE 3.a).
●  Explain the benefits and precautions of both weight training and aerobic conditioning as applied to a variety of individuals: children, adults, pregnancy, women, and elderly (VDOE 3.a, 6.c).
●  Design a variety of aerobic workouts (VDOE 3.a).
●  Choreograph an aerobic workout to music (VDOE 3.a, 6.a).
●  Evaluate peers and offer positive feedback on their instruction of both an aerobic and anaerobic lesson (VDOE 6.a).


Assessment Measures

The students are specifically assessed on the following items:

●  Develop daily and unit lesson plans
●  Organizing, teaching and evaluation instruction of aerobic and anaerobic lessons
●  Evaluation of self  through recorded observation
●  Tests/Quizzes

Other Course Information

Review and Approval
12/3/08          Course Revised and submitted                          Beverly Zeakes

July, 2010