Physical Activity Position Statements

Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: Helping All Students Achieve 60 Minutes of Physical Activity Each Day

SHAPE America's Position: The Society for Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) recommends that all schools implement a comprehensive school physical activity program (CSPAP).

Before- and After-School Physical Activity And Intramural Sport Programs

SHAPE America's Position: School-based physical activity programs should be provided and promoted for all students before and after school.

What Do the Experts Say: Interviews with Experts in Nutrition and Physical Activity
Just the Facts: Physical Activity and Nutrition in Early Childhood Settings
Policy Action Recommendations for Physical Activity and Nutrition in Early Childhood Settings
Recommendation Highlights for Early Childhood Physical Activity
Leisure Education In the Schools Promoting Healthy Lifestyles for All Children and Youth
Availability & Access to Automated External Defibrillators in Schools During Participation in Physical Activity

SHAPE America's Position: Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) should be present in all schools and at all school-sanctioned athletic events/activities and venues.

A Solution to the Health Care Crisis
Specialization Versus Multiple-Sport Participation

SHAPE America's Position: Participating regularly in a variety of sports and physical activities yields many documented physical, psychological and social benefits.

A Philosophical Position on Physical Activity & Fitness For Physical Activity Professionals

SHAPE America's Position: Participating in regular physical activity at a level sufficient to promote health-related physical fitness is an important behavior for professionals in all fields of physical activity at all levels.

Using Physical Activity as Punishment and/or Behavior Management

SHAPE America's Position: SHAPE America opposes administering or withholding physical activity as a form of punishment and/or behavior management.

Choosing the Right Sport And Physical Activity Program for Your Child

SHAPE America's Position: It’s imperative that parents/guardians assess program quality, both initially and periodically, to determine whether the program will provide a positive experience – physically, socially and emotionally − for their children.

Recess for Elementary School Students

SHAPE America's Position: All elementary school children should be provided with at least one daily period of recess of at least 20 minutes in length.