Why Teens Stop Attending Physical Education Classes


Students normally have a favorite class. However, it seems that physical education is not a common choice anymore. 

Recently, adolescents have increasingly stopped attending physical education classes as some of them do not understand its importance for physical development, while the rest are dependent on its poor integration to the educational system.

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physical education lesson / source

How important is physical education and exercise? Let’s take a look at some of its positive effects:

  • Reduces the risk of developing diseases in the cardiovascular system. It lowers cholesterol levels and, thus, prevents the development of atherosclerosis (narrowing of the lumen of an artery). It also keeps the myocardium in good shape which ultimately greatly reduces the likelihood of developing a stroke.
  • Reduces the likelihood of developing diabetes. Even in the presence of this disease, exercise has a positive effect in the human condition. An individual’s sugar level will become closer to the permissible values.
  • Fighting excess weight. An individual will not only be able to reduce their weight but also keep their body in good condition. This works best with the right diet.
  • Normalization of sleep and improvement of its quality.
  • Better psycho-emotional state. It helps get rid of bad mood, depression and panic attacks. it promotes a feeling of self-confidence and calmness.
  • Improved performance.
  • Strengthens the skeletal and muscular system. It prevents the development of scoliosis, kyphosis, and lordosis. It slows down bone degeneration and prevents osteoporosis. Exercise helps avoid many problems with the osteoarticular system.

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physical education lesson / source

Given these benefits, why are adolescents not interested in this subject?

  • Bullying and criticism in class. Teenagers react negatively to any criticism, especially when it comes to physical attributes. These remarks can come from both teachers and peers.
  • Lack of an individual approach to the student. Each child has a different level of physical development. The level of progress and technique is more important than the performance of a specific exercise for a specific grade. Even “athletic” children cannot be excellent in everything. Some are good at running, some are good at swimming, some are good at football, and some are good at basketball. In the classroom, everything rests on a “standard” that must be passed. Instead of developing directions where the student succeeds, the education system tries to “standardize” students and take them to a direction that the student may not like or may not be good at. 
  • Some parents don’t set the right example. Nowadays, it is easier to give a child an electronic device than to go out with them and spend time actively.
  • Lack of comfortable and beautiful sports uniforms. The benefits of a comfortable suit are obvious, and a beautiful shape is an incentive for going to class.
  • The teacher cannot find a common language with the students and does not build the lesson plan correctly. Some teachers do not want to develop their teaching skills by not attending advancement courses and by not studying psychological literature.
  • Lack of the necessary sports equipment.

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physical education lesson / source

To eradicate the problem of absenteeism, you need to acknowledge its existence. From there, you can determine the cause and individually select the most optimal solutions.

Based on what was mentioned, we can conclude that the lack of necessary professionalism on the part of teachers and social pressure lead to the disinterest of schoolchildren in this subject. Every year, more and more adolescents stop attending it.

In the next article, we will discuss strategies for reducing sedentary lifestyles among adolescents.

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Edited by Aldo Tong

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