2010, Volume 6, Issue 1

Health-Related Values of Outdoor Physical Education. Leading Concepts and Transitions in Polish Schools Throughout 20 Years (1986 - 2006)

Władysław Pańczyk1

1Faculty of Physical Education, University of Rzeszów, Rzeszów, Poland

Author for correspondence: Władysław Pańczyk; Faculty of Physical Education, University of Rzeszów, Rzeszów, Poland; email: wladyslawpanczyk[at]op.pl

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Transitions that have taken place in Polish schools for many years are aimed at taking its real functions nearer to the assumptions. The results of author’s research and effects of the concept of outdoor physical education popular in Western countries prove a variety of health-related advantages on the scale of both an individual and the society. As recently as at the end of the past century, only 40-50% of students in Polish schools participated in outdoor activities. Sadly, this number dropped to 10-15% now while physical education is almost exclusively associated with gymnasiums. Health-related needs among students are very big and invariably topical. Modern physical education and individual physical activity are able to rise to this challenge. One of the most fundamental measures of this modernity is ability to make use of the resources of the natural environment through regular physical exercise.

Key words: core curriculum, health-related fitness, outdoor physical activity, physical education