Should school sports lessons focus on fitness?
Leading sports doctors have strongly criticised the way PE is being taught in English schools and claim children are not getting a proper workout. Should PE focus on fitness or sports?
The British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) would like all schools to use a short exercise routine called "five-in-five" to improve children's agility skills. BASEM chairman, Dr Richard Budgett, has called for the routine to be incorporated into all PE lessons in order to help develop strength and agility skills.
The "five-in-five" routines involve squatting, lunging, pushing, bracing, rotating, and getting puffed out. The government said PE was a matter for individual schools to decide.
Should schools take on more responsibility for a child's fitness? How can children's fitness by improved? Should there be a re-think in the way PE is taught in schools? Should PE be about competitive sporting games or fitness?
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