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Chapter 36: Physical Education and Youth Sport

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Physical Education and Youth Sport
Physical education and youth sport

The aim of this chapter is to describe the relationship between physical education and youth sport. Therefore it is useful to start with a short description of the terminology of physical education (curricular), extracurricular physical education and youth sport as used in this chapter. We approach physical education as the compulsory physical activities taught as an integral part of the curriculum for every pupil, described in final attainment levels as qualitative criteria (closed systems) or guidance (open systems) for physical education teachers and schools. Penney and Harris (1997) describe extracurricular physical education as “the provision of activities outside of formal physical education curriculum, most often after-school and at lunch-times, but also in some schools, at weekends ...

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