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The tragic story of Derek Boogard, a hockey star whose sports-related brain injuries eventually lead to his death, is told through a series of videos. There are also articles that can be read. This poignant lesson gets participants to consider and discuss the physical dangers of contact sports, as well as the emotional toll. In small groups, learners then prepare presentations about the relationship between sports and brain trauma. 
How can our young athletes work to reduce sports injuries and avoid risks associated with overtraining? Discover the major components of managing and monitoring an individual's training load, as well as the warning signs and symptoms of overtraining.
Students discuss the impact that fans have on a sports team. After reading an article, they identify how Chicago Cubs fans are responding to their loss in the playoffs. With a partner, they develop surveys in which they give to family and friends about their habits at sporting events. They write newspapers articles illustrating the results of their survey.
Physical science juniors will enjoy this sensational enrichment on aerodynamics, especially if they are also sports fans! With a focus on physical features and behaviors, collaborative groups make observations on five different golf balls and speculate on how the features affect performance. They choose another piece of sports equipment that they would like to research and suggest improvements for. Three handouts, background information, and a link to a fascinating slide show about engineered equipment for Olympic athletes are all included.
Many students like to play sports and the equipment that goes with it costs money. The resource sets up an inequality that gives a total amount needed to purchase the equipment and the initial amount of money already obtained. In order to make more money, the subject decides to earn it by washing windows. It is up to your savvy consumers to write and solve an inequality that represents the number of windows washed. The final step is to graph the solution on a number line. Ask your class, what limits the number of windows they could wash if they wanted to save money?
In this water sports learning exercise, students answer short answer questions about water sports and safety. Students complete 6 questions to get their merit badge.
What do sports have to do with economics? A lot, if you're talking about professional sports franchises. Learners investigate the costs, revenue, and incentives in investing in professional sports teams. They'll use data from Forbes magazine and a worksheet to complete their investigation. 
Young scholars examine how alcohol companies use sponsorship of sports to promote their products. They complete a survey, analyze the results, and research the sports sponsorship portfolios of five beer companies.
Students explore the gratuitous use of violence in televised sports. They discuss sports they participate in, and the rules and consequences that relate to unsporting behaviour. They see if the same rules apply to professional athletes.
Take a look at this nutrition lesson which is specifically geared for high school competitive athletes. This is a comprehensive lesson and is worth perusing if you are serious about having your athletes understand how important food is to their performance levels. It's not just about training the body physically, because if they don't eat properly they are more than likely going to run out of energy before the end of the game. It's important for them to know how the different types of foods affects their ability to have sustained performance in their sports.
Students explore athleticism by reading a book in class. In this extreme sports lesson, students read the nonfiction book Sports on the Edge and discuss what makes a normal sport "extreme." Students answer sports related study questions and define sports vocabulary terms.
Have you been rock climbing? Have your learners complete pre-reading, writing, and post-reading activities for the book Rock Climbing: Extreme Sports. For this guided reading lesson plan, readers complete writing activities, review vocabulary, answer short-answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Students examine world sports. In this current events lesson plan, students analyze a photograph of a sport scene to determine what was taking place when the photograph was taken. Students respond to the provided discussion questions about sports and safety.
Students research the role and value of sports in modern high schools which resemble the ancient Greek education. In this sports history lesson, students explore the meaning of aretê and evaluate an academic essay. Students find evidence in ancient Greek primary sources for and against the essay. Students determine whether the author's arguments apply to the high school sports culture.

New! Recovery

This presentation covers an extensive range of terms related to proper fitness recovery! Slides review such concepts as active recovery, aids to recovery, importance of hydration and diet, useful acronyms to address injuries, sports injury prevention, etc. While geared toward a higher-education course, there is a great deal of information that can be edited to apply to your individual physical education class.
Young readers explore philanthropy and its effects on the public good. They discuss athletes and their examples as philanthropists. They research a sports hero and play "The Match Game" to determine what they know about other sports heroes. They discuss National Philanthropy Day and ways to celebrate it. Extend this instructional activity into a research paper which requires middle schoolers to use textual evidence to support their arguments.
Students gather data on sports team and create a box and whisper plot. For this data collection lesson, students find the median, the quartile range, and relationships between variables.
Students study biomechanics. They apply their understanding of sports to determine what athletes do to improve their performance. They participate in a series of lessons and activities.
Students examine the body's major organ systems and how they function and influence each other. They examine how the human body moves when involved in sports.
Students use the Internet to discover what types of sports the people of Costa Rica play. They write a paper in English but must use at least one Spanish quote. In the paper they compare/contrast sports in Costa Rica and the United States.

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