Have you ever wondered why the Physical Education tests changed? Now the new rules are not those of Mr. Rohr’s, but actually state standards. Will this new test help students? Physical education teacher Coach Vince Rohr said “The new tests are not necessarily better, but they are more efficient and effective. The FitnessGram focuses more on quality over quantity. It emphasizes form and demands endurance”.
One interesting change is there will no longer be a half- mile run but in its place is a pacer test. The goal is to run back and forth from one line to the next every time you hear the beep. “The P.A.C.E.R.( Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run) doesn't allow students to walk and pushes them to test their cardiovascular endurance. Each student runs their own test and finds their threshold without being held to the same expectation” said Mr. Rohr.
Some tests that are not returning this year are the fifty-yard dash and the standard long jump. These two tests did not meet the requirement of the FitnessGram test. A test that we are familiar with is the push-up/curl-up test. We no longer do sit ups, as they are now called curl ups, and since it is now quality over quantity there is no longer a time limit. Along with new exercises for form and endurance, there is also the classic exercise for stretching: the sit and reach. The coach said, “We want to improve flexibility throughout the year in order to prevent injury and also increase the range of motion.” With these new activities that challenge everyone, we are sure to see some improvements this school year.
By Devon Abrams
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