Basic Land Drills for Swimming Stroke Acquisition

Basic Land Drills for Swimming Stroke Acquisition

Peng Zhang - East Stroudsburg University


Teaching swimming strokes can be a challenging task in physical education. The purpose of the article is to introduce 12 on land drills that can be utilized to facilitate the learning of swimming strokes, including elementary back stroke, sidestroke, front crawl, back stroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Each drill consists of four components (ready position; movement criteria; recommended practice time; and critical cues) which provide not only detailed descriptions of the drill but also pedagogical knowledge to optimize learning outcomes. Four recommendations are offered in the end of the paper to enhance the safety, effectiveness, and enjoyment facts associated with the applications of the drills.

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Hundreds of ways you can utilise emerging technologies in your PE classroom Occasionally!

by Jarrod Robinson

I get asked by teachers why anyone would bother introducing technology into Physical Education. This usually turns into quite an interesting discussion about what exactly do they mean by .‘technology.’, which is then typically followed up with concern over the replacement of Physical Activity for some sort of online alternative.

In this situation, I respond with the following:

  1. “Technology is all around us, it involves every aspect of Physical Education, from the shoes the students wear to the sports equipment used during the game. So I assume you are talking about digital technologies?.”
  2. “The introduction or emerging of digital technologies in Physical Education does not seek to replace physical activity; it aims to help explore physical activity. Technology becomes like any other tool in the PE teachers toolkit, useful for whenever the situation demands it, never just for the sake of it.”.

I would also indicate within my response that elite sports organisations take advantage of the latest technology to enhance sports performance. This is the same thing we try to achieve in Physical Education, albeit with students rather than sports stars.

A typical semester in my physical education classes would most likely involve 90% physical activity that included absolutely no involvement of emerging technologies. It.’s during the 10% of a semester that we spend exploring the powers of technology to improve our understanding of human activity.

So I urge you to read along as I take you through hundreds of ways you can utilise emerging technologies in your PE classroom for the better.

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" The Influence of Student Teaching on Physical Education Student Teachers’ Self-efficacy and Outcome Expectancy Beliefs "

By Zan Gao, Ph.D., (1 ) Ping Xiang, Ph.D., (2) Senlin Chen, Ph.D., (3 ) Ron McBride, Ph.D. (2)

(1) School of Kinesiology, the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
(2) Department of Kinesiology and Health, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX
(3) Department of Kinesiology, Iowa State University, IA


This study was designed to determine the impact of 12-week student teaching semesters on student teachers’ self-efficacy and outcome expectancy beliefs in teaching physical education classes. A pre-post design was used to examine changes in beliefs of 107 physical education student teachers. Self-efficacy (instructional strategies, class management, and student engagement) and outcome expectancy beliefs were measured by validated questionnaires. Data collection spanned over a 2-year period. The pretest was completed at the third week of the student teaching semesters, and the posttest was conducted at the end of the semesters. The results suggested that all student teachers’ self-efficacy and outcome expectancy beliefs increased significantly (p < .05) over time. Therefore, we concluded that the student teaching experiences had a positive effect on physical education student teachers’ beliefs during this crucial early stage of their prospective teaching careers.

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Narrative Research Addressing the Challenges of a Career in Professional Sports

Published in “JTRM in Kinesiology” an online peer-reviewed research and practice journal

"Narrative Research Addressing the Challenges of a Career in Professional Sports"
By Daniel Frankl, Ph.D. - California State University, Los Angeles


The purpose of this article is to highlight the challenges that accomplished young athletes face as they aspire to become professional athletes. The data used in this study was derived from selected lived and told sport experiences of undergraduate and graduate kinesiology majors who were former competitive athletes. Additional data was derived via email exchanges between the author and a mother of a teen soccer player. Statistics from football, basketball, ice hockey, and soccer are also presented in order to place both players’ compensation and the odds of a professional career in sports in a proper perspective. Parents are advised of the challenge they may face as they try to reason with a child who neglects her/his studies in favor of focusing on her/his dream of a career in professional sports. The author also recommends steps parents may follow in order to help their child select a fitting and fulfilling post-professional athletics career.

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Flipping Physical Education in the Classroom

Flipping Physical Education in the Classroom .

Flipped classroom in physical education a new way of teaching and learning

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"We have been surprised to hear that some of the teachers most excited about flipped classrooms were physical education teachers. This dynamic team of teachers realized the flipped class had great potential in their courses. They told us that the most important aspect of the physical education class is for their students to be moving. Physical education teachers report that they spend too much time teaching students things like the rules of games and some of the techniques. When teachers began making videos (with a video camera) of rules, students can come to class and quickly get to moving their bodies and participating in the important physical education activities."

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Dynamic Movement Skills (DMS)

Dynamic Movement Skills (DMS) is a leading training methodology that helps to refine and improve gross motor skills. It's benefits include development of; movement, balance and coordination in children; and improvement in speed, agility, explosive power and turning ability in athletes.

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1. Freestyle/ Frontcrawl - the swimming arm cycle and how it should be performed.

Freestyle is divided into two major phases, propulsive and non-propulsive, defined by where the arm is with respect to the water . The propulsive and non-propulsive phases are further broken down into four phases. The propulsive phase is pull/push and the non-propulsive phase is recovery/catch .

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