Physical Education & Health
Physical Education & Health serves to develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Our students will exhibit qualities of respect, responsibility, empathy and sportsmanship through participation in a variety of activities.
Our program is designed to assist students to make the connection between good health, physical activity and the quality of one’s life, thus empowering them to assume responsibility for personal choices, self-esteem, and fulfillment of their greatest potential.
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The faculty of this department includes dedicated educators who strive to motivate our students to the point of interest and participation in physical fitness, health and wellness.
Our educators hope to encourage autonomy which extends beyond the classroom into a lifelong involvement in personal well-being.
Health Education focuses on the development of positive behaviors, leading to improved health and the prevention of health problems. Units in Health Education cover such topics as mental health, nutrition, drug use, family life and human sexuality, and disease control. The importance of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification is stressed and the opportunity for CPR certification courses are open to students throughout the year.
Students pictured here are creating posters which will be on display throughout the school focusing on different types of Mental Health Awareness .
Physical Education plays a critical role in educating the whole child as part of a well-rounded education. Physical Education provides students with opportunities to learn motor skills, develop fitness, and gain an understanding of the importance of physical activity.
Students are expected to take Active for Life during the freshman year followed by Health the sophomore year and an elective if they choose. Active for Life develops health-related fitness while teaching the skills and habits necessary for a lifetime of activity. It is designed to instruct the student in basic motor skills, development of coordination and perception, organized game playing, teamwork, endurance, and strength training. Research tells us that the physical development of the student affects the whole student's development and is specifically interrelated to cognitive development. Students will also demonstrate an understanding and respect for differences among people in physical activity.
With the remaining years here at BMHS, they are expected to take elective courses.
Sports Medicine offers students the ability to work with teams, learning basic concepts of anatomy, the mechanism and prevention of injury, and the administration of athletic training. Additionally, students cover such topics as sports nutrition, drugs, and supplements, as well as common illnesses and diseases typically seen by Certified Athletic Trainers (for complete information, go to Sports Medicine.)
Do students take Physical Education all 4 Years?
Physical Education classes are required for 1 semester in the 9th year and 1 semester in the 10th grade year. Additionally, a health course is required in the 9th grade year. Bishop McNamara High School offers electives that the students can take the 11th and 12th grade years so that they may elect to have a Physical Education course each year.
Is a Physical Education credit given to students who play a varsity sport?
No, credit is not awarded for varsity sport participation. Both are seen as beneficial to student development. Health and Physical education courses are designed to assist students to make the connection between good health, physical activity and the quality of one’s life, thus empowering them to assume responsibility for personal choices, self-esteem, and fulfillment of their greatest potential.
All students must complete one and a half credits of Physical Education and Health.
Active for Life - This required freshman course develops health-related fitness while teaching the skills and habits necessary for a lifetime of activity. It is designed to instruct the student in basic motor skills, development of coordination and perception, organized game playing, teamwork, endurance, and strength training. Research tells us that the physical development of the student affects the whole student's development and is specifically interrelated to cognitive development. Students will also demonstrate an understanding and respect for differences among people in physical activity.
Archery & Target Games - This course is designed for the beginning or novice archer, promoting instruction in international-style target archery. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the basic techniques of target archery emphasizing the care and use of equipment, range safety, stance and shooting techniques, scoring and competition. Students spend one quarter in target games introducing the theory, strategies, history and teaching of different games. Students will understand that a player either throws, slides, shoots or strikes an object with the goal of having the object land closest to or in a designated target.
Health - The following issues are addressed: mental health; tobacco, alcohol and drugs; personal and consumer health; nutrition and fitness; safety, first aid and injury prevention; family life and human sexuality; and disease prevention and control. This class will focus on the importance of good decision making and the development of positive attitudes and behaviors that will improve the quality of their lives. Students are required to receive CPR certification
Lifetime Sports - This one-semester course broadens the student’s understanding and enjoyment of team sports. The student will participate in four of the following sports throughout the semester: basketball, football, speedball, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, floor hockey and softball. Students will be introduced to offensive and defensive plays as well as taking skills tests, giving reports and taking written exams.
Personal Fitness - This course is designed for those students interested in beginning or continuing a training program to improve their overall health and fitness. It will provide the fundamentals necessary to build a comprehensive weightlifting and fitness program. Each student will have a portfolio which will include their weight training and cardio goals. There will be lectures on various training programs, nutritional needs, proper sleep and the effects of fatigue. Students will be expected to set and meet individual workout goals for their desired outcome by the end of the semester.
Personal Fitness 2 - This course builds upon the information taught in Personal Fitness. Students will learn new skills, strategies and concepts that will take them to new levels of fitness. It will give the college bound athlete the opportunity to do assigned workouts. We will also spend more time on nutrition, types of weight training and individual goals.
Sports Medicine - Sports Medicine introduces students to the field of sports medicine. Emphasis is placed on basic principles and terminology regarding causes and consequences of athletic injuries. Students will gain a basic knowledge of anatomy, first aid, preventative measures, and rehabilitative techniques.
Walking for Wellness - This course is designed for students interested in walking as a lifetime exercise. The focus will be on teaching proper walking techniques, which will enhance the student’s overall cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, posture, and flexibility. A walking journal, a fitness walking test, and nutritional education will be included. We will also practice entering various Yoga movements. These exercises will be done slowly, with relaxed rhythmic breathing. Yoga helps avoid strains and injuries. The course will introduce meditative breathing throughout the semester.
Women's Fitness - This course offers girls an environment to discover new ways to stay fit for life and learn more about personal and female health issues. Activities will emphasize women’s lifetime fitness and wellness, and could include core fitness training, nutrition analysis, aerobics, strength training, cardiovascular training, and many other fitness activities. Women’s Fitness provides students with necessary information to improve fitness starting at any level, with a variety of activities that can be performed outside of class. Students taking this course will also be guided on how to set goals, develop a program and monitor themselves to ensure success in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
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