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International Journal of Physiology, Sports and Physical Education

Vol. 6, Issue 1, Part A (2024)

The evolving role of sports in Indian education


Dr. Chhaya Chaudhary


Physical education (PE) and sports have been a cornerstone of our educational system for years. Yet, despite their undeniable relevance to a well-rounded life, they often face neglect from various stakeholders within society – administrators, educators, and even students themselves. PE programs typically encompass both theoretical and practical aspects, aiming to develop not just physical skills but also a deeper understanding of health and fitness. Unfortunately, the societal perception of PE remains largely dismissive, with some viewing it as a mere waste of time. This couldn't be further from the truth. During games and physical activities, we learn valuable lessons in teamwork, strategy, and resilience – all while utilizing time efficiently and productively.
Swami Vivekananda's timeless quote, "Sound mind in a sound body," perfectly encapsulates the symbiotic relationship between physical and mental well-being. It's challenging to achieve optimal cognitive performance without a healthy and active body. Spreading awareness about the holistic benefits of PE and sports is crucial to maximizing their impact. Therefore, it's imperative to address the hurdles that impede the progress of sports programs in our schools. By illuminating the positive influence of sports, we can ignite a brighter future for physical activity within our educational landscape.
The tide is beginning to turn, however. Parents, increasingly aware of the detrimental effects of modern lifestyles on their children's health, are becoming proactive in seeking solutions. Many now actively encourage their children to pursue sports or physical activities alongside their academic pursuits. This shift in parental perspective bodes well for the future of PE and sports, potentially leading to a more integrated and holistic approach to education.

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International Journal of Physiology, Sports and Physical Education
How to cite this article:
Dr. Chhaya Chaudhary. The evolving role of sports in Indian education. Int. J. Physiol. Sports Phys. Educ. 2024;6(1):10-13. DOI: 10.33545/26647710.2024.v6.i1a.59
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