Skip to Main Content

Fitness and Training


One of the first places Americans get formal instruction in fitness is physical education (PE) classes in school. State laws in most states mandate that physical education be taught at the elementary level, at the middle school level, and at the high school level. However, only six states require physical education in every grade K–12, and almost half of U.S. students do not receive PE in an average week. The classes often include sports activities, and young people get additional experience with sports in after-school games, community leagues, and summer camps. Those teaching PE in the public schools usually have a bachelor's degree with a specialization in physical education and have passed a state licensure exam. Those who coach youth sports in other settings come from many backgrounds and often are volunteers.

Join Vault Gold to unlock this premium content

Structure - Outlook - Resources & Associations and more

Are you a student? You may have FREE access.

Vault partners with thousands of colleges, universities and academic institutions to provide students with FREE access to our premium content. To determine if your school is a partner, please enter your school email address below.