Published Online: April 2, 1997


Adding Fun to the Games

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Traditional physical education programs often emphasized team sports or activities that students found boring or irrelevant, such as rope climbing.

Newer programs are highlighting activities and games that young people can be found participating in on their own--in-line skating, for one. They also offer activities that individuals can devote a lifetime to, as well as lessons in living a safe and healthy life.


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Calisthenics
  • Country-western dancing
  • Dodge ball
  • Field hockey
  • Free play
  • Gymnastics
  • Lap running
  • Rope climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball


  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Country line-dancing
  • Fishing
  • Health and nutrition lessons
  • Horseback riding
  • In-line skating
  • Mountain biking
  • Outdoor survival
  • Step-aerobics
  • Swimming
  • Triathlon
  • Water-aerobics
  • Water and other safety programs
  • Weight training

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