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July / August 2020



Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators

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Free Access Article
Developing Athlete Leaders in Sport 
– Amber Shipherd and Dean Wallace III

The first purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of athlete leadership in modern sport programs. This includes a brief outline of the theoretical perspectives on sport leadership and a discussion of the recent research on who athlete leaders typically are in terms of their demographics, behaviors displayed, and benefits to the team. High quality athlete leadership is essential for strengthening athletic teams and programs, but coaches and administrators must be proactive in developing their athletes into better leaders. Thus, the second aim of this paper is to provide concrete strategies for coaches and practitioners to put into practice that will assist in developing more effective athlete leaders in a team or sports program. 

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Improving Physical Activity Levels in Elementary and Secondary Schools
Maria Cavallini 

The purpose of this article is to propose ways in which to increase PA levels in students from elementary and secondary schools, based on the implications of research findings examining adults' attitudes, beliefs, outlooks and preferences on PA and exercise. In other words, can the information that we have learned from adults in their relationship towards PA and exercise be utilized to increase PA levels within the school environment?  

Utilizing one’s Local Community Track: Speed Workouts for High-Intensity Interval Training 
Kason O’Neil, Jennifer O’Neil, and Caitlin Olive 

The purpose of this article is to overview the cardiovascular fitness benefits associated with HIIT and speed training, as well as discuss specific ways coaches and fitness professionals can introduce and promote speed workouts as a viable, and creative, exercise alternative. 

Introducing and Teaching Netball for Secondary Physical Education Students
David Barney and Carol Wilkinson 

There are many team sport activities that students participate in their K-12 physical education (PE) classes. For example, there is basketball, volleyball, flag football and many others. Throughout the world there are other team sport activities that student participate in. One in particular is netball. Netball has a greater popularity in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and other countries. In the United States, netball is not widely played and even not much is known about the game. The purpose of this article is to introduce American 6-12 PE to the game of netball. The article will discuss basic rules of netball, drill/activities students can participate in to get them ready for game play and the benefits of netball. 

Practical Tips for Taking Weight on Hands
Brian Mosier 

Taking weight on hands is an important skill that should be taught in physical education. Many teachers shy away from integrating such gymnastics-based skills into the curriculum. This could be for a variety reasons such as limited knowledge of the content, lack of equipment, students’ perceived interest, and fear of injury. The information in this article describes safe and effective pedagogical strategies for students to learn and progress through a series of tasks leading to proficiency when taking weight on hands. 


Tales from PE: Using Project Based Learning to Develop 21st Century Skills in PETE Programs 
– Luis Estrada Oliver, Lizmarie Rodriguez & Ambar Pagan

The purpose of this article is to describe the application of PBL in PETE programs to develop the 4Cs for 21st century education.

Winning Back a Quality Endorsement Process for Health and Physical Education
– Nichole D. Calkins & Carri S. Kreider

This article discusses how a group of HPE advocates successfully influenced a state certification board to change a deficient HPE endorsement process and provides suggestions on how to advocate for a quality HPE endorsement process.

Running is Fundamental
– Kristine R. Fritz

This article describes useful conceptual knowledge and illustrates a progressive warm up pattern to improve ‘running’ for all sports. In addition, it describes a method for determining Strong vs Quick leg and how to implement a ‘step counting’ approach to ensure consistency of ‘take off’ for jumping. Reference is made to the concept of stride frequency with the understanding that it will improve if overall form running is emphasized. 

Meeting Student Needs through Afterschool Yoga
– Sara M. Deutsch

This article explores how physical educators can help students fight mental health battles through the use of an afterschool yoga program.