The Physical Education Activity Handbook

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  • Edition: 12th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-16
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
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The Physical Education Activity Handbook,Twelfth Editionprovides existing and future physical education teachers with the content knowledge and teaching techniques they need to offer their students a chance to learn a wide range of engaging activities. More than 40 activities are explained, with essential information such as equipment, rules, skills and techniques, teaching and learning strategies, and a comprehensive reference section for further expertise. Activity chapters instruct the reader in three key areas: what the activity is, how to do it, and how to teach it to others. Using this book, readers will be fully prepared to offer their students a varied learning experience that is engaging, exciting, and meaningful. TheTwelfth Editionfeatures the addition of popular/modern dance coverage, new chapters on Lacrosse and Wrestling, and increased assessment in each activity.Considerations for Effective Skill Learning, Principles of Physical Fitness, Aerobic Dance, Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Bowling,Cycling, Dance, Field Hockey, Football: Flag and Touch, Golf, Gymnastics and Tumbling, Handball and Racquetball, Hiking and Camping, Orienteering, Recreational Sports, Skating: Inline, Soccer, Softball, Speedball, Swimming, Diving and Water Activities, Team Handball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weight Training, Lacrosse, Wrestling, Yoga. MARKET: Intended for those interested in learning the basics of teaching physical education in the classroom.

Author Biography

Neil Schmottlach has been the lead author on this text since the Seventh Edition. A former professor at Ball State University, Neil is now keeping busy in his retirement with consulting work and focusing on his photography.


Jerre L. McManama's career spans 47 years of scholarly productivity in teacher education and sport at every educational level.  As a professional, he has written over 30 books/chapters in books, articles, grants, creative endeavors, and editorial reviews. He has given more than 35 presentations to national and regional teacher education and sport organizations. Through these organizations, Jerre has continuously provided professional leadership serving in capacities such as board member, president, chair person, etc. This involvement has earned him honors and awards such as “National Leader,” “Award-of-Merit,” “Hall-of-Fame,” “Meritorious Service,” “Governor’s Award,” and “Outstanding Tenured Faculty Award.”  He has received Emeritus status at Ball State University and currently supervises student teachers, serves as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Indianapolis, and continues to write.

            National Organizations Represented include:  AAHPERD, NASPE, USOC, AAU, USCSC, NCAA, NAIA, USVBA, USVCA, NVCA, USAV.                 

Table of Contents

Considerations for Effective Skill Learning
Principles of Physical Fitness
Aerobic Dance
Country Western Dance Social Dance Square Dance Hip Hop Dance
Field Hockey
Football: Flag and Touch
Gymnastics and Tumbling
Handball and Racquetball
Hiking and Camping
Recreational Sport?
Angling Floor Hockey Flying Discs (includes Disc Golf & Ultimate Frisbee) Horseshoes Pickle-ball Shuffleboard Table Tennis
Skating: Inline
Swimming, Diving and Water Activities
Team Handball
Track and Field
Weight Training
Overview and Resources for Contemporary Activitie? Canoeing and Kayaking Cross Country Skiing Scuba Diving Skin Diving Skateboarding Snowboarding Snowshoein?
How to Conduct Tournaments
Audio-Visual Sources for Physical Activities
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Great textbook for college.! April 4, 2011
I bought this textbook for college as part of the Health and Exercise Science department requirement. At the time I thought the price was a little steep but when you look at the information in the textbook you realize that it is "one of those textbooks you will use forever". I have the 8th edition so I do not know what has been updated but I do see that it was first published in 1951. It covers 26 sports/activities. It is worth the investment, especially when you need to know the exact dimensions of a tennis court.
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