FIT TO SKATE
Fit To Skate is a resource kit for elementary school teachers
which contains exercises
for children to perform in school for their Daily Vigorous Physical Activity
DVPA is now mandatory in several jurisdictions.
The exercises may also be used in other physical education programs.
consists of a booklet and a DVD which describe, illustrate, and demonstrate
17 individual exercises and their combination into routines. Teachers may
own program from these examples depending on the location, duration, and
of the DVPA wanted to suit their class and circumstances.
Look at the video on the right to get an idea of what's on the DVD.
As the name Fit To Skate implies, the exercises are suited to
developing skating skills
and strength. Although the exercises are drawn from speed skating on ice,
they apply equally
well to hockey and figure skating on ice as well as to all their counterpart
activities on skates
with wheels. Furthermore, children who don't skate at all will benefit from
coordination, strength, and cardiovascular functions from participating in
Fit To Skate, therefore, has wide applicability.
These exercises expose children to skating
motions and fitness programs which will
benefit them whether they skate or not. Skating provides all participants
with a combination
of healthy physical activity, competition, and social interaction throughout
after all, what could be more Canadian than skating!!
A program based on skating clearly has a
place in DVPA.
To Skate also contains
information on the value and benefit of dryland skating activity, and
about speed skating to ensure that children can learn about the sport and
know how to get started.
All elementary schools should have a
copy of Fit To Skate.
To Skate was prepared by the
Markham Speed Skating Club and Alleycat Productions
with the financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Copies may be obtained for $24 Cdn (taxes
included) plus $3.50 for shipping by mail .
Contact the Club.
Speed Skating Club