Careers in Physical Education
Playing sports at the school or college level need no longer be a mere hobby but can actually open professional avenues.
If you are very particular about your hobby and want to pursue it as a career, then you can think of a career in Physical Education. Academics in this field say there are opportunities galore in the field, since health is a cause for increasing concern among the teeming millions of India.
Realising the importance of sports and a physical education as a viable career, many universities have introduced Physical Education courses in the past few years.
Physical Education is an integral part of the total education process. India has a great tradition in physical education as a means of ensuring physical development, martial valour and recreational competence and the Indian system of exercises include a variety of physical activities such as dands, haithaks, nanwskars, yogicasanas, etc, which formed the integral part of physical education such as Kho – Kho and Kabbadi now promoted as National Games.
Physical Education equips students with essential knowledge and skills needed to function effectively in this information age. The focus is on helping individuals develop human, technical and conceptual expertise required to take advantage of the various professional opportunities available in today’s job market.
Physical Education Trainers tend to focus more on physical fitness activities rather than organised sports. They teach and lead exercise activities for individuals or groups conduct physical training classes; organize games and coach students in games and athletics. Physical Education is an integral part of the total education process. It equips students with essential knowledge and skills needed to function effectively in this information age.
Aims and Objectives of Physical Education :
The aims and objectives of physical education depend to a great extent on the political, economic and social changes that take place in a society.
- The development of organic fitness.
- The development of neuromuscular skill.
- The development of character and personality.
- To prepare highly qualified leaders in the field of physical education and sports.
Opportunities Galore :
Don’t think that a career in sports field is only that of sweating it out on the play field. There are many lucrative and well paying technical as well as other jobs beckoning sports people today.
Career as a coach or a physical education instructor is the main option in the field. Their job entails selecting potential players and then teaching them the rules of the game, demonstrate various techniques, ways to plan a game and devise strategy. They also observe players and offer them guidance and helpful criticism. They accompany players for competitions and motivate them so as to bring out the best in them.
Pursuing an additional post – graduate diploma in physical training can enable one to find expert jobs as physiotherapists or lecturers at a university) both in India and abroad. One can also join one of the many health centres that are opening in clubs and hotels as fitness experts and have a respectable job and a handsome pay package. Experienced coaches are in great demand at all the training centres set up by SAI and by state and central sports bodies. Besides sports clubs, schools and colleges, they can also work as in – house coaches for corporate sports teams.
Physical Education Courses :
Physical Education is offered as a discipline in many colleges and universities. The subject comprises both theoretical and practical aspects.
Hence the job of a Physical Education Instructor entails classroom teaching as well as imparting physical training. But academics feel there is an urgent need to redefine the concepts of physical education and coaching in different sports and coaches need to stay up – to – date in order to face the challenges posed by sports academies and coaching centres.
Many colleges, universities and other institutes are now offering various physical education courses such as Bachelor in Physical Education ( BPEd ), Masters in Physical Education ( MPEd ), Certificate in Physical Education ( CPEd ) and Diploma in Physical Education ( DPEd ). Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Sciences ( IGIPESS ) is one of the leading institutions under the Faculty of Education, University of Delhi, offering all the categories of teacher training courses in physical education.
Established in 1987 by the Delhi Administration, IGIPESS offers BPEd and MPEd courses recognised by National Council of Teacher Education. Osmania University, which produced cricketers like ML Jaisimha and Mohammed Azharud – din as well as renowned sports broadcaster Harsha Bhogle, offers physical education courses in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Similar courses are also available in Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education ( LNIPE ), Gwalior.
Kolkata, Bangalore and Kerala universities also have such courses. As there is a need for proper training and guidance to aspiring physical education students, UGC is promoting physical education and sports science as a subject in various universities.
Adventure Sports :
Recently more and more companies are investing in adventure sports, thanks to the booming tourism sector. Adventure sports have now become apart of corporate training. There area Lot of resorts and hotels investing in adventure sports to attract tourists. So a degree in adventure sports will always come handy for a job in this sector. LNIPE ( Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Gwalior ), run by the Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry, also offers an adventure sports course which will help people gain international assignments.
Some of the institutes in India offering courses in Physical Education and related areas are the following :
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