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Physical Education

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Physical Education is the study of the education process that promotes physical activity to assist people in acquiring skills, knowledge, and manners that promote overall health.

Introductory Resources

Subject Introduction

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Introduction to physical education, fitness, and sport
Daryl Siedentop
Boston , MA : McGraw-Hill, 2004
GV341 .S479 2004 

Reference Books

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Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice
Susan Standring, ed.
Edinburgh / New York , NY : Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, 2005
QM23.2 .G73 2005

The Way Things Work Book of the Body
C. Van Amerongen
New York : Simon and Schuster, 1979
RC81 .V29

Find Books & Media

Books and media in the APU University Libraries can be found by using the APOLIS2 online catalog.

Subject Headings and Call Number Ranges

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Resources in the APU University Libraries can be found by using the APOLIS2 online catalog.


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Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement
David A. Winter
New York : Wiley, 1990
QP303 .W59 1990

Mechanics of Sport: A Practitioner's Guide
Gerry Carr
Champaign , IL : Human Kinetics, 1997
QP303 .C375 1997

Motivating people to be physically active
Bess H. Marcus, LeighAnn H. Forsyth
Champaign , IL : Human Kinetics, 2003
RM725 .M373 2003 

Foundations of physical education and sport
Deborah A. Wuest, Charles A. Bucher
St. Louis , MO : Mosby Year Book, 1991
GV341 .B86 1991 

Media By Subject

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Human Anatomy
Human Mechanics
Movement Education
Physical Education & Training

Subject Bibliographies

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Sports and Physical Education: A Guide to the Reference Resources
Bonnie Gratch, Betty Chan, and Judith Lingenfelter
Westport , CT : Greenwood Press, 1983
Z7511 .G7 1983

Resources in Non-APU Libraries

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LINK+ is a single catalog for 40+ California libraries that have a cooperative borrowing and lending arrangement for books only. This service is for APU faculty, staff and students, and is free. Items usually come within 2-3 work days.
WorldCat is a single catalog for hundreds of North American and international libraries. Books and other library resources may be requested from this catalog through the interlibrary loan service. This service is for APU faculty, staff and students, and costs $2.00 per item requested. Items usually come within 7-10 work days.

Find Journal Articles

Print journals in the APU University Libraries can be found by using the APOLIS2 online catalog. Besides the print collection of journals, you may also obtain journal articles through many of APU Libraries' online databases.


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The APU Libraries currently receive 92 journals in the fields of philosophy, many of which are available electronically. The indexes to the philosophy journals are all electronic resources, so this is your best starting place.

Journal Title Available Formats
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance
Teaching Elementary Physical Education
International Journal of Physical Education
Journal of Physical Education & Recreation

Print Periodical Indexes

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Index of Physical Therapy
Washington , DC : American Physical Therapy Association, 1976-
RM695 .A53

Physical Education Index
Cape Girardeau , MO : BenOak Pub. Co. , 1984-
GV201 .P534


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For a description of each database, go to the online resources page and look up the database by title.

Academic Search Premier
Alt Health Watch
CINAHL Plus with Full Text
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Physical Education Index

Getting Journal Articles

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Periodical Finder
Sometimes while using a database, article records are found without any corresponding full-text article. Use Periodical Finder to see whether or not the article can be found in full-text in a different database. It can also be used to look up the full-text availability of items found in bibliographies.
Articles not at APU
If a journal article is unavailable in either the print journal collection or one of the online databases, it can be requested through interlibrary loan.

Find Internet Resources

Professional Organizations/Government Agency Websites

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American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (AAHPERD)
National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
National Association for Kinesiology & Physical Education in Higher Education (NAKPEHE)

Other Websites

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PE Central: The Web Site for Health and Physical Education Teachers
PE Central is a web site that provides information about developmentally appropriate physical education practices and programs.

Free Online Journals

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Advances in Physiology Education
Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
Sport Journal

Blogs/RSS Feeds

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Don’t have a feed reader? Try Google Reader ( or Bloglines (


Written by Subject Specialist Shelley Harrell, March 13, 2013