Physical Training and Physical education are frequently confused with each other. Sport is usually glorified and is easier to notice than physical education.
Being a sportsperson myself I love the physical training the athletes put in to improve their performance in a given sport. The physical training regime for sports is athlete specific and sport specific. Physical training for sports gives results that are measurable and comparable.
Having said that Physical Education lays the foundation for efficient physical training. Athletes who lack quality physical education have a steep learning curve in any sport they pick up. The athlete and the coach have to start from scratch all over again, hence losing a lot of valuable time and effecting the confidence and competence of the athlete .
Quality physical education at school gives an edge to the athlete. Physical education in schools directly benefits students’ physical health. It contributes to cardiovascular health and promotes muscle and bone development. From a young age, children learn cooperation through group activities and form a positive sense of identity as part of a team. Through physical education children learns to face hardship and overcome it.
For a child to excel in any sport they need to have a strong physical education from a very young age.