Wednesday, May 5, 2010

NASPE Standard 1: Scientific and Theoretical Knowledge

Physical education teacher candidates know and apply discipline-specific scientific and theoretical concepts critical to the development of physically educated individuals.

Element 1.1: Describe and apply physiological and biomechanical concepts related to skillful movement, physical activity, and fitness.

Artifact: Biomechanics Newton’s 2nd Law Lab

Date: Fall 2010


In Biomechanics, I applied my knowledge of Newton’s 2nd Law and the corresponding formulas in order to solve problems dealing with impulse, momentum, and impact.

This biomechanical knowledge helps me better understand the science behind impulse, momentum, and impact.

Understanding biomechanics is key for a physical educator because it helps them better understand the importance of mats during activities such as gymnastic due to the reduced impact force mats provide. Physical Educators need to be able to biomechanically prove things such as this in order to get funding for certain safety equipment.

Element 1.5: Analyze and correct critical elements of motor skills and performance concepts.

Artifact: Bigger Faster Stronger Certification

Date: Spring 2011


During the Bigger Faster Stronger certification course, I was taught weight room safety and correct form for different weight training exercises including the squat, box squat, bench press, towel bench, clean, and many more.

In order to get my Bigger Faster Stronger certification, I needed to demonstrate to course instructions my ability to correctly complete multiple reps of the squat, box squat, bench press and other weight training exercises. I also needed to score at least a 90% on the 102 question exam.

Knowledge in proper weight training form and safety is vital for a physical educator because they are responsible for teaching students how to improve their muscular strength and endurance while keeping them safe. To properly teach and demonstrate weight training exercises; a physical educator must be able to execute them with the proper form.

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