Staff Editorial: Physical Education requirement unnecessary for student athletes


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Sixty minutes a day will keep the doctor away.

If this is true, then why are athletes at Blue Valley required to do any more?

In order to graduate, students must have at least one full physical education credit on their transcripts.

The only reason P.E. is a class at all is to teach students to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to support daily workouts, but athletes are already getting all of this through their respective sports.

Between morning workouts, after school practices and weights, students who participate in sports are getting more than enough exercise for one day.

So, why do they need more in the form of a couple measly laps around the track in gym class?

Changing the P.E. requirements for student athletes will likely influence more students to try out for sports and stick with them throughout high school.

For each season of a sport a student participates in, he or she would earn P.E. credit.

Influencing more students to play sports opposed to taking a year of gym could greatly improve their health and even change their lifestyle overall — also known as the ultimate goal.

And as much as it seems like a disadvantage for the students who don’t play sports and won’t consider doing so, it would take a lot of the petty competition out of P.E., which would create a much more comfortable environment.

No one likes that kid who goes all-out during soccer, especially because, for whatever reason, he usually aims for the face and then continues to win every single game for his team.

No one wants to feel bad about a mediocre mile time when the athletes in their class are basically breaking world-record mile times.

If student-athletes were given P.E. credit for participating in sports, there would be much less pressure for non-athletic students to impress in gym class, and athletes wouldn’t be wasting their time on a gym credit.