Physical Education

Physical and Emotional Health

Based on the belief that we are created in the image and likeness of God and that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, the following premises serve as the foundation for instruction in the Physical Education Department. Fitness, including regular exercise, promotes not only physical but also emotional health. Students will engage in good health practices based in a knowledge of and an appreciation for the body, and its care. Students will develop character through the use of positive social behavior in their recreational and classroom activities.

Courses

List of 16 items.

  • Boys Physical Education (PE121: Grade 7; PE101: Grades 8)

    This one-term course is designed to meet the various physical, social, and psychological needs of the student through participation in an exercise program and a broad range of physical activities involving both team and individual (lifetime) sports. Emphasis is placed on learning the fundamentals, etiquette, and rules for each activity. Through competition, students are given the opportunity to develop skills and increase appreciation for each of the activities. In addition, a battery of fitness tests is administered the first week to assess each student's level of fitness and specific needs. Twenty percent of each class meeting is devoted to vigorous fitness-enhancing exercises. At the end of the term, a post-test is administered to evaluate the student's new level of fitness.
  • Girls Physical Education (PE125: Grade 7; PE111: Grades 8)

    This one-term course is designed to meet the various physical, social, and psychological needs of the student through participation in an exercise program and a broad range of physical activities involving both team and individual (lifetime) sports. Emphasis is placed on learning the fundamentals, etiquette, and rules for each activity. Through competition, students are given the opportunity to develop skills, and increase appreciation for each of the activities. In addition, a battery of fitness tests is administered the first week to assess each student's level of fitness and specific needs. Twenty percent of each class meeting is devoted to vigorous fitness-enhancing exercises. At the end of the term, a post-test is administered to evaluate the student's new level of fitness.
  • Boys Body Conditioning and Awareness (PE321: Grades 9)

    Individual programs are designed using stretching, cardiovascular exercises, and weights to improve student’s strength, stamina, health, appearance, and self-image.

    May also be taken as an elective.
  • Girls Body Conditioning and Awareness (PE331: Grades 9)

    Individual programs are designed using stretching, cardiovascular exercises, and weights to improve students’ strength, stamina, health, appearance, and self-image.
  • Health & Wellness (PE401: Grade 10)

    This course is designed as a high school health class. The class will cover multiple developmentally appropriate health and wellness topics. Through the use of class discussions, group work, guest lecturers and reflection writing the students will gain a better understanding of the importance of overall health and wellness. The course will focus on personal health and wellness and the practice of health-enhancing behaviors. The overall goal is to reduce risks and enhance strengths in our high school students.
  • Boys Physical Education (PE521-523: Grades 11-12)

    The pursuit of fitness and the effective use of leisure time through recreational activities are the goals of the course. Weight training, exercise, running, and physical fitness tests combined with recreational competition in team and individual sports are the major components.

    May be taken repeatedly, once per term, for credit.

    May also be taken as an elective.
  • Girls Physical Education (PE524: Grades 11-12)

    The pursuit of fitness and the effective use of leisure time through recreational activities are the goals of the course. Weight training, exercise, running, and physical fitness tests combined with recreational competition in team and individual sports are the major components.

    May be taken repeatedly, once per term, for credit.
  • Aerobic Fitness (PE541: Grades 11-12)

    Aerobic conditioning, combined with flexibility and strengthening exercises, is used to enhance cardiovascular capacity, stamina, coordination, and self-esteem. This combination is excellent conditioning and training for all sports activities while enhancing one's fitness.
  • Beginning Snow Skiing (PE106: Grades 7-8)

    This one-term course entails extra expense (cost announced annually) and one day trip (cost announced annually) to a nearby ski area. If demand exceeds enrollment limits, students who cannot be scheduled for the class are scheduled for the general Physical Education course. The course is comprehensive and will provide students with excellent skiing skills as well as thorough knowledge of various complementary aspects of the sport. Equipment is provided.

    Class fulfills five hours of the Physical Education requirement.
  • Body Conditioning and Awareness (PE511: Grades 11-12)

    Individual programs are designed using stretching, cardiovascular exercises, and weights to improve student’s strength, stamina, health, appearance, and self-image.
  • Lifesaving and Aquatics (PE542: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course focuses on completing the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course, while also learning and reviewing the fundamentals, etiquette, and rules for recreational and competitive swimming, diving, and water polo. Instruction will be done by certified American Red Cross Lifeguard instructors and testing will include the standard Red Cross Course examinations for CPR, first aid, and lifeguard skill tests as well as the final written Lifeguard Training exam. Students successfully passing the Lifeguarding tests will receive the Red Cross credentials needed for employment as a certified lifeguard. A fee of $75 is charged to cover the cost of books and materials.

    Permission of instructor required. To enroll, students must be able to swim at least 500 yards unaided.
  • Outdoor Education (PE441: Grades 10-12)

    This course introduces the student to camping, backpacking, and environmental issues. It includes instruction on safety, fire building, cooking, fishing, ecology, conservation, and the proper use of outdoor equipment. The student should be willing to incur some additional expense for rental equipment.

    Open to tenth grade boys and girls in addition to the general Physical Education course, but not during the same term. Open to eleventh and twelfth grade boys and girls in lieu of or in addition to the general Physical Education course, but not during the same term. This course may be taken only once.
  • Speed and Agility (PE450: Grades 10-12)

    This one-term course will introduce students to an evaluation of their movement patterns. With understanding of their movement patterns, students may begin incorporating corrective exercises in order to strengthen weaknesses and help prevent injuries. Areas covered will include a comprehensive individual movement screen and teaching drills to improve linear and lateral speed as well as plyometrics and hip mobility.
  • Sports Medicine (PE480: Grade 10-12)

    This one-term course will introduce the student to the multi-disciplinary field of sports medicine through challenging academic material covering a wide range of domains, and observation hours alongside a current sports medicine professional. This course will place emphasis on the areas most important to the sports medicine professional - the evaluation, treatment, management, and prevention of sports injuries. Topics included are anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, therapeutic exercise and modalities, general medical concerns, emergency action procedures, and the importance of pre-participation exams. The history of sports medicine and the athletic training profession will be covered. Professionals involved in the makeup of the sports medicine team will also be discussed.

     
  • Sports Science (PE485: Grades 10-12)

    The purpose of Sports Science is to introduce exercise and sport science to interested students. The concepts of mechanics as they apply to human movement, particularly those pertaining to exercise, sport, and physical activity, will be investigated. The student should gain an understanding of the mechanics and anatomical principles that govern human motion and develop the ability to link the structure of the human body with its function from a mechanical perspective. This class is meant to be a survey class for individual students who may have an interest in professions involving physical activity, such as medical degrees, rehab specialist, coaches, personal and strength training, etc. Examples will be drawn from joint movements and sport skills to illustrate these types of analyses. Course format will include readings, lectures, active learning labs and exercises, discussion, group activities, in-class quizzes, and a project.
  • Swimming (PE141: Grades 7-12)

    This one-term course places emphasis on learning the fundamentals of swimming, including the etiquette and rules for recreational and competitive swimming, diving, and water polo. Basic swimming strokes and aquatic survival techniques will be taught, gradually progressing to more advanced water skills.

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Marist School

3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30319-1899
(770) 457-7201
An Independent Catholic School of the Marist Fathers and Brothers