Fitness—Direct Instruction

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Andrew Taggart The Ohio State University

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Young students who train intensively for competition reach much the same level of physiologic development as do adult athletes who undergo an equivalent program of conditioning. Failure to find a training response in more average children cannot therefore be attributed to a preexistent adequate level of habitual activity. Presumably blame for any absence of response must be attributed to an inadequate program of physical education (too low an intensity relative to normal daily activity, and/or too little involvement of the individual class members, V. Seliger, 1968). Given a vigorous program that involves all students for most of the class time, it is possible to induce gains not only in performance test scores, but also in aerobic power muscular strength, and sensory perception. (Shephard, 1982, p. 193)

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