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Source: DOSBDer German sports teachers Association (DLSV) has published a position paper, which calls for the resumption of physical education.

Where’s the school sport in Corona? Schools resumed in all federal states last week. However, this happened everywhere with great restrictions: For example, only students of certain grades return to school, and teaching is currently limited to the core subjects (e.g. German, mathematics). Physical education is not one of them. Individual states have even explicitly manifested this by decree. For example, a current guideline issued by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Culture for school administrators and (specialist) teachers says at one point: “For the years 1-10, there will be no regular physical education for the time being. The school provides alternative exercise options – while maintaining the distance requirement and, if possible, outdoors. ”The German Sports Teachers Association (DSLV), member organization of the German Olympic Sports Association in the group of associations with special tasks, is monitoring this situation with great concern, especially since the everyday life of many Children in the past (school-free) weeks have been characterized by inactivity, increased media consumption and sedentary activities “at home”, not to mention the considerable health consequences on a physical and psycho-social level that result from a sedentary everyday life for the adolescents surrender. For this reason, the DSLV is now calling for the immediate resumption of regular physical education in the timetable in its nationwide “Position paper on physical education in times of Corona”, but with due regard for the restrictions that apply everywhere (e.g. distance rules) of the other offers of extra-curricular school sports (eg break sports): “Professional sports pedagogical instruction of physical education in school is therefore urgently necessary – also with regard to avoiding excessive demands, accidents and injuries. In order to counteract the lack of exercise and inactivity, it is essential to address how the pupils can move sensibly and safely and do sport and exercise in their free time and during the summer vacation – possibly with closed outdoor pools – alone or at a distance, in the home or outdoors “, The position paper goes on to say. Especially because the physical education can take place outdoors in the next few weeks and months, there are diverse and in some places even innovative possibilities, for example in sports fields and around and in parks. Also partner games like table tennis, badminton, speedminton and other small games without physical contact as well as inline skating etc. can be designed to attractive teaching topics. The DSLV also calls for solutions to avoid the increased risk of infection when changing clothes, showering and washing. One suggestion from the association is that the physical education should preferably take place during off-peak hours, so that showering can exceptionally also take place at home.Michael Fahlenbock, the president of the DSLV and his main job as academic director at the Institute for Sports Science at the University of Wuppertal himself currently with the The impact of Corona on the education of sports students emphasizes the appeal with urgency: “It is particularly important in these troubled times that schoolchildren are given multifaceted opportunities for movement – not only, but primarily in school, where we can reach all children and adolescents and take them with us ”. In positive terms, this could also lead to school sport as a whole shining with new strength despite the current “system-related” restrictions – how does the position paper conclude at the end: “Only school sport moves everyone!” (Source: DLSV)


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